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History journal examines early New Orleans as multicultural Atlantic enclave

20 Aug

History journal examines early New Orleans as multicultural Atlantic enclave

“In the most recent Journal of American History, Pierre Force portrays Tremé’s development at a time when New Orleans’ racial categories were fluid and mixed-race “free people of color” owned property and interacted freely with white residents of the city. The Journal of American History is published by the Organization of American Historians, based at Indiana University Bloomington.

 

American History Journal

The Journal of American History cover illustration shows fashionably dressed free women of color in the 1760s in Saint Domingue, a street scene similar to what might have been seen in New Orleans in the same era.

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In “The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the 18th and 19th Centuries,” Force, the dean of humanities at Columbia University, tells the story of “two families, one ‘black’ and one ‘white,’ whose paths briefly crossed in New Orleans in 1811”

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