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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwood Pub Co (February 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1887745211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887745215
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,069,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By carolyn on June 1, 2004
Marler's bbook focuses on the origin of the Redbone name, the
hearth-community in the Carolinas where they originated as a separate
people, their migration to Louisiana and their settlement in what was
then known as the Neutral Zone, the region bounded by the Sabine River
on the west and the Calcasieu River on the east that served as a buffer
between then Spanish Texas and French Louisiana. Because of the
near-anarchy that existed in the Neutral Zone, it quickly became a
dangerous place for the Redbone newcomers. Their violent past is
explored as is the culture that grew out of their decision to "colonize"
in various sections of Southwest Louisiana.
While his book does not answer all questions about Redbones-nor does it
document all their history and culture-it is a first step toward
reaching these goals. Dr. Brent Kennedy, author of THE MELUNGEONS:
RESURRECTION OF A PROUD PEOPLE, wrote the Foreword to the book and
described it (and one of Marler's earlier books, THE CHERRY WINCHE
COUNTRY) as "groundbreaking" works in understanding Redbone culture.
People of Redbone heritage have historically resented the name, knowing
only that it was used as a term of derision. In recent years, however,
they have begun to use it with the same pride that Acadians now view the
term Cajun. Redbones of Louisiana is the first comprehensive history of
these mystery people. It is written in a positive, sympathetic vein that
nevertheless does not sugarcoat any aspect of the history. It should be
of interest to anyone interested in local history and the genealogy of
Redbones. The book is well documented and written in a scholarly manner;
yet, is very readable. As one having ties to the Redbone community I
found the book extremely helpful.
Carolyn Bales
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Sage on July 23, 2010
The book was well written and gave me insight into my heritage. But I do wonder why Amazon charges almost $150.00 for the book, when you can order it directly from the publisher (Dogwood Press) for $24.00 ... and that includes shipping.
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