Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

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The Creoles of Color rightfully count themselves among South Louisiana's first families, yet their contributions to the region have been almost completely ignored by historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists.
The oversight stems largely from the special status of the Creoles of Color community in rural Louisiana's multitiered society.
This book constitutes the first serious historical examination of a distinctive multiracial society and its notable contributions to the Pelican State's development. In recounting the sometimes turbulent history of these fascinating people, the authors have mined exhaustively the region's primary source records.
The early Creoles of Color are portrayed as a dynamic component of the region's economy. From the earliest days of settlement and establishment in the prairie regions, the Creoles of Color were seeking prosperity. They received a greater degree of help than perhaps other free blacks. Concerned by what others thought about them, they were a people driven constantly to succeed. This trait proved not to be lost on their progeny.
In antebellum Louisiana's three-tiered society - whites, free people of color, and slaves - many struggled to be an integral part of the community.
After the Civil War, however, Creoles of Color were denied a separate status. To maintain a semblance of respect and position among the increasing population and to have sufficient lands for agriculture, they found it necessary at times to relocate.
The enclaves they developed kept them isolated and distinct. Cherishing wholesome family life and a deep respect for hard work, their religion, and their property, they became clannish, moving out of the mainstream. For much of their existence, as this book shows, they remained a people distinct, isolated, and apart.

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The first serious historical examination of a distinctive multiracial society of Louisiana

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Carl A. Brasseaux is a history professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

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