The Free People of Color of New Orleans [NOOK Book]

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Antebellum New Orleans was home to thousands of urbane, educated and well to do free blacks. The French called them les gens de couleur libre, the free people of color. After the Civil War they were known as the Creoles of color, shortened today to simply Creoles.
Theirs was an ambiguous staus,sharing the French language, Catholic religion and European education of the elite whites who were often blood relatives,but also keeping African and indigenous American influences from ...
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Overview

Antebellum New Orleans was home to thousands of urbane, educated and well to do free blacks. The French called them les gens de couleur libre, the free people of color. After the Civil War they were known as the Creoles of color, shortened today to simply Creoles.
Theirs was an ambiguous staus,sharing the French language, Catholic religion and European education of the elite whites who were often blood relatives,but also keeping African and indigenous American influences from their early heritage.Though techniczlly free, they were prohibited from voting, holding public office or marrying a white person.
This is their story,rarely mentioned in conventional histories,and often misunderstood today. even by some of their descendants.It is one of the first written accounts of their history and has inspired a variety of books, websites and genealogical and academic studies.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014860727
  • Publisher: Margaret Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/1994
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 763,005
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Gehman first published this book in 1994, primarily in an effort to answer her own questions about people she met while living in New Orleans, Assisting her was professional photographer Lloyd Dennis, who in working on the book learned new and positive things about his own background as a descendant of free people of color. He resides in his native New Orleans. Gehman,a Pennsylvania native, lived in New Orleans from 1970 as a college English professor, but after heavy losses in Hurricane Katrina, she moved in 2006 upriver to Donaldsonville, LA. Having authored two other books: Women and New Orleans 1988, and Touring Louisiana's Great River Road 2003, she now is a full time publisher of local writers and Louisiana topics.
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