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The word Creole evokes a richness rivaled only by the term’s widespread misunderstanding. Now both aspects of this unique people and culture are given thorough, illuminating scrutiny in Creole, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary history of Louisiana’s Creole population. Written by scholars, many of Creole descent, the volume wrangles with the stuff of legend and conjecture while fostering an appreciation for the Creole contribution to the American mosaic. The collection opens with a historically relevant perspective found in Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson’s 1916 piece “People of Color of Louisiana” and continues with contemporary writings: Joan M. Martin on the history of quadroon balls; Michel Fabre and Creole expatriates in France; Barbara Rosendale Duggal with a debiased view of Marie Laveau; Fehintola Mosadomi and the downtrodden roots of Creole grammar; Anthony G. Barthelemy on skin color and racism as an American legacy; Caroline Senter on Reconstruction poets of political vision; and much more. Violet Harrington Bryan, Lester Sullivan, Jennifer DeVere Brody, Sybil Kein, Mary Gehman, Arthi A. Anthony, and Mary L. Morton offer excellent commentary on topics that range from the lifestyles of free women of color in the nineteenth century to the Afro-Caribbean links to Creole cooking. By exploring the vibrant yet marginalized culture of the Creole people across time, Creole goes far in diminishing past and present stereotypes of this exuberant segment of our society. A study that necessarily embraces issues of gender, race and color, class, and nationalism, it speaks to the tensions of an increasingly ethnically mixed mainstream America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. I: HISTORY
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. People of Color in Louisiana
  2. pp. 3-41
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  1. 2. Marcus Christian's Treatment of Les Gens de Couleur Libre
  2. pp. 42-56
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  1. 3. Plaçage and the Louisiana Gens de Couleur Libre: How Race and Sex Defined the Lifestyles of Free Women of Color
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 4. Composers of Color of Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The History Behind the Music
  2. pp. 71-100
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  1. 5. The Yankee Hugging the Creole: Reading Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. 6. The Use of Louisiana Creole in Southern Literature
  2. pp. 117-154
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  1. II: LEGACY
  2. p. 155
  1. 7. Marie Laveau: The Voodoo Queen Repossessed
  2. pp. 157-178
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  1. 8. New Orleans Creole Expatriates in France: Romance and Reality [Contains Image Plates]
  2. pp. 179-207
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  1. 9. Visible Means of Support: Businesses, Professions, and Trades of Free People of Color
  2. pp. 208-222
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  1. 10. The Origin of Louisiana Creole
  2. pp. 223-243
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  1. 11. Louisiana Creole Food Culture: Afro-Caribbean Links
  2. pp. 244-251
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  1. 12. Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Race, the Politics of Genealogy, and the Strange Case of Susie Guillory
  2. pp. 252-275
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  1. 13. Creole Poets on the Verge of a Nation
  2. pp. 276-294
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  1. 14. "Lost Boundaries": Racial Passing and Poverty in Segregated New Orleans
  2. pp. 295-316
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  1. 15. Creole Culture in the Poetry of Sybil Kein
  2. pp. 317-325
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807142059
Print ISBN
9780807126011
MARC Record
OCLC
703156104
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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