By Carl A. Brasseaux

Creoles of colour are rightfully one of the first households of southwestern Louisiana. but in either antebellum and postbellum classes they remained a humans thought of except the remainder of the inhabitants. Historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists have given them basically scant attention.

This probing publication, concerned with the mid-eighteenth to the early 20th centuries, is the 1st to scrutinize this multiracial staff via an in depth examine of basic source materials.

During the antebellum interval they have been excluded from the state’s three-tiered society―white, unfastened humans of colour, and slaves. but Creoles of colour have been a dynamic part within the region’s economic system, for they have been self-compelled in efforts to turn into a vital part of the group. even though now not permitted by means of white society, they have been unwilling to be categorised as black. Imitating their white buddies, many have been Catholic, spoke the French language, and owned slaves. After the Civil warfare a few Creoles of colour, being light-skinned, handed for white. Others relocated to secure agricultural enclaves, changing into much more clannish and remoted from normal society.

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