Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

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Creoles of Color are rightfully among the first families of south-western Louisiana. Yet in both antebellum and postbellum periods they remained a people considered apart from the rest of the population. Historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists have given them only scant attention.

This probing book, focused on the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, is the first to scrutinize this multiracial group through a ...

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Overview

Creoles of Color are rightfully among the first families of south-western Louisiana. Yet in both antebellum and postbellum periods they remained a people considered apart from the rest of the population. Historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists have given them only scant attention.

This probing book, focused on the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, is the first to scrutinize this multiracial group through a close study of primary resource materials.

During the antebellum period they were excluded from the state’s three-tiered society—white, free people of color, and slaves. Yet Creoles of Color were a dynamic component in the region’s economy, for they were self-compelled in efforts to become and integral part of the community.

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Examines South Louisiana's multiracial society and the contributions of Creoles of Color to the region's economy, focusing on the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries. Discusses antebellum economic, social, and legal realities, class and cultural orientation, and the Creoles' progressive isolation after the Civil War. Appendices document civil suits and transactions involving Creoles of Color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878059492
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 813,357
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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