Revolution, romanticism, and the Afro-Creole protest tradition in Louisiana, 1718-1868 [electronic resource] /
Caryn Cossé Bell.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
xv, 325 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0807120960 (cl : alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
0807120960 (cl : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-312) and index.
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Bell maintains that Louisiana's Radical Republican constitution of 1868 "was arguably the Reconstruction South's most radical blueprint for change" because it allowed African American citizens to enter society as equal participants. This book is a study of the development of a culture of protest among antebellum black Louisianians that led them to create the postwar South's most progressive vision of the future. Bell maintains that many traditions contributed to that vision: republican ideals borrowed from the American and French Revolutions; the experiences of participants in the St. Domingue slave rebellion, some of whom came to Louisiana; the influence of the Roman Catholic universalist ethic; and Romantic philosophy. In addition to the years indicated in the title, Bell also includes information on how the Afro-Creole protest tradition continued into the late 19th century and culminated in Homer Plessy's historic challenge to segregation by race that led to the 1896 decision by the US Supreme Court that established the constitutionality of "separate but equal" in American race relations. Highly recommended for all persons seeking a deep understanding of the African American experience. All levels. J. P. Sanson; Louisiana State University at Alexandria
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Revolution and the Origins of Dissentp. 9
The Republican Cause and the Afro-Creole Militiap. 41
The New American Racial Orderp. 65
Romanticism, Social Protest, and Reformp. 89
French Freemasonry and the Republican Heritagep. 145
Spiritualism's Dissident Visionariesp. 187
War, Reconstruction, and the Politics of Radicalismp. 222
Conclusionp. 276
Membership in Two Masonic Lodges and Biographical Informationp. 283
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 313
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