Friday, September 22, 2017

 

"Cane River and its Creole Stories, by Kathleen Balthazar Heitzmann, looks at life on Cane River during the teens, twenties, and thirties of the twentieth-century through stories, letters, and interviews.

Cane River, located in rural Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, is a unique place in America. Its inhabitants are descendents from French noblemen and merchants, African slaves, and the Native American Choctaw, Canneci and Natchez tribes, who in the 1800s led an aristocratic life. That life was shattered in the aftermath of the Civil War, when their antebellum status as free people was forgotten and everyone with a trace of African descent became ex-slaves in the eyes of the law and our social system.

 

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