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Africans in Colonial Louisiana

The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth-Century

by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

456 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 8 halftones, 5 maps, 19 figures, 14 tables

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Literature - African American

  Paperback / 9780807119990 / July 1995

“One of the most exciting frontiers in the writing of history in the present day has centered on the effort to recapture and document the actions and sayings of people who built the modern world but were hitherto excluded from historical accounts. To this adventure Gwendolyn Midlo Hall has contributed a masterful study of the ways in which Africans introduced from Senegambia shaped the culture and society of colonial Louisiana. An indefatigable investigator, Hall reveals for us in richly textured detail the lives of slaves, free people, and maroons in town and in the cypress swamps. The result is a truly extraordinary book about an extraordinary people.”–Eric R. Wolf, City University of New York

“[Africans in Colonial Louisiana] opens to view a new transnational conception of the American culture that grew from slavery and from slave resistance, and describes a process of creolization whose full effects have perhaps become only apparent, at least to scholars, in the present day. . . . [It] promises to shape the course of future research in American studies for many years to come.”–From the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize citation

“The author’s uncovering and handling of [the book’s] documentary underpinnings is a tour de force.”–Winthrop D. Jordan, Journal of American History

“An important and provocative book; one that every student of American, Latin American, and African history should read.”–Clarence E. Walker, Southern Cultures

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall , Consulting Research Professor at the University of New Orleans and professor of history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, is also the author of Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: A Comparison of St. Domingue and Cuba.

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