Our People and Our History

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Translated and Edited by Sister Dorothea Olga McCants, Daughter of the Cross

In Our People and Our History, originally published in French in 1911 and translated into English in 1973, Rodolphe Lucien Desdunes records the lives of fifty prominent Creoles who lived in New Orleans at the end of the nineteenth century. Although he received little formal education, Desdunes — himself a Creole — was an articulate observer of his times and culture. His portraits of black doctors, ...

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Overview

Translated and Edited by Sister Dorothea Olga McCants, Daughter of the Cross

In Our People and Our History, originally published in French in 1911 and translated into English in 1973, Rodolphe Lucien Desdunes records the lives of fifty prominent Creoles who lived in New Orleans at the end of the nineteenth century. Although he received little formal education, Desdunes — himself a Creole — was an articulate observer of his times and culture. His portraits of black doctors, lawyers, teachers, musicians, artists, and writers are powerful evidence of the extraordinary role that Creoles played in the cultural and political history of Louisiana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807127407
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 153
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Sister Dorothea Olga McCants belonged to the Daughters of the Cross religious order in Shreveport, Louisiana. She also translated and edited They Came to Louisiana: Letters of a Catholic Mission, 1854—1882.

Sister Dorothea Olga McCants belonged to the Daughters of the Cross religious order in Shreveport, Louisiana. She also translated and edited They Came to Louisiana: Letters of a Catholic Mission, 1854—1882.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Translator's Introduction
Acknowledgments
Preface
I The Free Creoles of Color and the Campaign of 1814-1815 - Hippolyte Castra 6
II Les Cenelles - Mr. Armand Lanusse and His Times 10
III A Dedication - The Collaborators of Les Cenells - Some Biographical Sketches 25
IV The Collaborators of Les Cenelles (Continuation) - Biographical Sketches 48
V Beaumont and the Creole Song - The Taucoutou Affair - Poets and Journalists 61
VI The Creole of Color in the Arts and the Liberal Arts Professions - A Page in Our Political History - Popular Military Men - Figures of the Past 69
VII Music and the Creoles of Color - Rivalry Among Artists - Prejudice 82
VIII Our Philanthropists of the Past - How the Black Man Knows How to Give 90
IX The Creole Women of Color in the Catholic Churches - The Generosity of Madame Bernard Couvent 97
X The Emigration of 1858 - The Politics of the Emperor Faustin I of Haiti - Two Great Figures: Emile Desdunes and Captain Octave Rey 109
XI The Generation of 1860 - The Hero, Andre Cailloux - President Johnson and the Question of the Races - Our Political Battles 124
XII Politics and the Sense of Duty - Mr. Aristide Mary and the Citizens' Committee - Our Last Entrenchments - Defections and Failings - Our Last Thank You 140
Index 149
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