Louisiana and the Advent of a New America
The introduction presents the St. Domingue/Haiti to Louisiana migration case, which traces the integration of white and free black refugees and their descendants over the course of two hundred years. The St. Domingue refugees initially reinforced Louisiana’s triracial system. Then, over the course of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, the binary Anglo-American racial system came to dominate as the Anglo-American population grew and their racial practices asserted increased pressure on the Latin/Caribbean system. The introduction discusses the ways these immigrants and their descendants coped with contrasting understandings of race and draws parallels between this historical case and the situation of contemporary immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean who often resist the binary logic of the Anglo-American US system.
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