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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; Revised edition (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807137138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807137130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary B. Mills (1944-2002) grew up on a rice plantation in the Mississippi Delta but visited Cane River often in his youth and adopted it personally and professionally in adulthood. From 1976 until his death, he was a professor of history at the University of Alabama.
Elizabeth Shown Mills is an independent scholar and the author of numerous works on Louisiana history and research methodology, including Isle of Canes and Evidence Explained, named byLibrary Journal as a 2007 Best Reference book

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.D. Powell on September 17, 2000
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This updated version of Gary B. Mills' excellent book, "The Forgotten People," is a most welcome addition to the history of Louisiana Creoles. The emphasis here is that "Creole" is a culture and separate ethnicity. Creoles are not, as many Americans were wrongly taught to believe, African Americans with lighter skin and "good" hair. They are not "African American" at all and that fact should be respected. They are similar to Latinos in that way.

The Cane River families maintained their wealth and social standing through endogamous marriages with others within the mixed-race "free colored" caste as well as some placages between their women and men in the "white" caste. I found it very interesting that the first generation mulatto children of Pierre Thomas Metoyer and his African concubine were generally treated as free even before they were legally emancipated. Some of the Cane River son-in-laws were of mixed white/Indian ancestry and also labeled "free people of color." However, their sister was free to marry a man of the "white" caste and became socially "white" thereafter. Since the Cane River Creoles were planters with wealth based in slavery, the Civil War, emancipation, and end of Reconstruction caused them to lose not only wealth but social status within the racial caste system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Reason on January 3, 2014
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Excellent publication of the history documenting the Creole people who lived in the Cane River area of Louisiana, specifically Natchitouches. I have owned this book for about 30 years and recently bought it for a relative having owned five copies yet they seem to disappear from her book shelves. It is a facsinating account of the lives a family whom freed by their French father, developed and founded colonial Natchioches. I highly recommend this book, It is well researched and written.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, also wrote "Isle of Canes", A Historical Novel. It is an unforgettable account based on the lives of "The Forgotten People: Cane River's Creoles of Color". Excellent! I could not put it down.
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Great update on the first book about the same subject. Grateful that Mrs. Mills included information about where Dr. Conand settled following his stint in Natchitoches. DR. Conand is my direct ancestor and I was pleased that he had been located as of this second book. Love the gorgeous portrait on the front flap. Thanks for this update.
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By CreoleBelle on January 20, 2014
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I bought this for my mom. She had the original, but wanted the updated version on of the book. A very good read.
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