Creoles of Color: Gulf South / Edition 1

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Overview

Consisting of eight original essays by noted scholars, this volume examines the history and culture of a unique population - those peoples in the Gulf region who descended from the colonial and antebellum free persons of color and who represent the middle ground in the region's "tri-racial" social order. Although the book begins with an analysis of the Creole population's origins in the New Orleans area, the subsequent essays focus on the Creole communities outside that city. Throughout the volume the contributors demonstrate the persistence of the Creole ethnic identity. Included are examinations of Creole populations in the cities of Pensacola and Mobile, as well as those in the bayou and prairie regions of Louisiana. In addition to dealing with sociohistorical aspects of the Creole experience, the book features essays that examine language, music, and folklore. The concluding essay, which cuts across several disciplines, covers the late twentieth-century revitalization of the Gulf Creole communities. With its multidimensional, cross-disciplinary emphasis, Creoles of Color of the Gulf South constitutes an especially notable contribution to the current scholarly interest in ethnic minorities and racial dynamics in American history and culture.
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Eight essays explore the social and historical foundations of mixed-race people in Louisiana and along the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico, specific features of Gulf Creole culture, and ethnic and identity developments during the 20th century. The cultural features include Mardi Gras, zydeco music, and the place of the language in the larger New World French Creole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870499173
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Origins of New Orleans's Free Creoles of Color 1
2 The Free Creoles of Color of the Antebellum Gulf Ports of Mobile and Pensacola: A Struggle for the Middle Ground 28
3 Socioeconomic Dynamics among the Gulf Creole Populations: The Antebellum and Civil War Years 51
4 Creoles of Color in Louisiana's Bayou Country, 1766-1877 67
5 Mardi Gras in L'Anse de 'Prien Noir: A Creole Community Performance in Rural French Louisiana 87
6 Zydeco/Zarico: The Term and the Tradition 126
7 The Place of Louisiana Creole among New World French Creoles 144
8 Ethnicity and Identity: Creoles of Color in Twentieth-Century South Louisiana 166
Selected Bibliography 181
Contributors 183
Index 185
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