Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana

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Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana

Lousiana State University Press
344 pages
6.00 x 9.00 inches / 8 halftones, 3 maps
ISBN-10: 0807130265; ISBN-13: 978-0807130261

Caryn Cossé Bell, Professor of History
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Jules and Frances Landry Award

With the Federal occupation of New Orleans in 1862, Afro-Creole leaders in that city, along with their white allies, seized upon the ideals of the American and French Revolutions and images of revolutionary events in the French Caribbean and demanded Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. Their republican idealism produced the postwar South’s most progressive vision of the future. Caryn Cossé Bell, in her impressive, sweeping study, traces the eighteenth-century origins of this Afro-Creole political and intellectual heritage, its evolution in antebellum New Orleans, and its impact on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Revolution and the Origins of Dissent
  • 2. The Republican Cause and the Afro-Creole Militia
  • 3. The New American Racial Order
  • 4. Romanticism, Social Protest, and Reform
  • 5. French Freemasonry and the Republican Heritage
  • 6. Spiritualism’s Dissident Visionaries
  • 7. War, Reconstruction, and the Politics of Radicalism
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Membership in Two Masonic Lodges and Biographical Information
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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