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Re: DNA Tribes
In Response To: Re: DNA Tribes ()

Southern Louisiana, especially New Orleans and its surroundings, had a very different culture for a long time. If not familiar to you, you may want to read up on the "Placee" system where free women of color cut deals for their daughters to be set up with a wealthy/prosperous white man.

Daughter knew what was what and Mama bargained seriously, usually including a house (to be owned by the daughter) for the daughter and her soon to be children.

[Many of these houses still stand and are pointed out to tourists for what they were by sightseeing tour guides. A series of historical novels by Barbara Hambly, starting with "A Free Man of Color" can give you an entertaining way of learning New Orleans history.]

Some of these 'arrangements' lasted until the man married, some continued after marriage, some for a lifetime. So it is "possible" that this poster's relatives did have a love relationship.

This is why Gov. Long made the statement that he did. He knew how intermingled the blood lines of the area were, at the time much moreso than anywhere else in the US.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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