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Re: FPOC Community: Ten Mile Creek, Louisiana

The most definitive work on the Redbone community is Don C. Marler's book. It is (sort of) still available.

Where I was leading with this - this was strictly a local political fight at the time that was reported on differently as per the bias of the time. The political parties and newspaper arms of those parties that the 10-milers supported held that these were NOT people of color with any admixture of Black in them. (As people of color could not vote if they were Black and White, or Black and Indian or pure Indian. Only White and Indian people of color could vote). Those that were against the 10-milers' political party held that these were free people of color with some portion of Black in them; this is what was reported in the North, especially among newspapers that supported abolition because it furthered their cause.

For me, it's of real interest and note, because it indicates that while the rumours were widely circulated in Central and Western Louisiana that citizens of the 10-Mile community were People of Color who contained at least "one drop" of Black, the legal position at least from the 1830's on was that they did not contain that "one drop." So it's very, very interesting from the perspective of evolution of the culture of the Redbone people!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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