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American RoutesRacial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race$
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Angel Adams Parham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624750

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624750.001.0001

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White St. Domingue Refugees and White Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Louisiana

White St. Domingue Refugees and White Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Louisiana

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(p.68) Chapter 3 White St. Domingue Refugees and White Creoles in Nineteenth-Century Louisiana
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American Routes
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Angel Adams Parham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624750.003.0004

Chapter 3 follows white St. Domingue refugees as they integrate into Louisiana’s Creole community and struggle against the tide of Anglo-Americanization during the nineteenth century. As the refugees blended into the Creole community, they felt the consequences of the racial and cultural assumptions Anglo-Americans made about Creoles. The most damaging of these was the suspicion that—because of their higher tolerance for publicly acknowledged interracial relationships—all Creoles, whether they appeared to be white or not, were really racially mixed. This chapter explains how and why most white Creoles eventually let go of their Creole identity and blended into Louisiana’s white Anglo-American community.

Keywords:   Creoles, refugees, race, St. Domingue, Louisiana, racial system

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