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Planning and Urban Studies
This ethnohistorical work investigates plaçage through the case of Eulalie de Mandeville, a free woman of color and both the daughter of Pierre de Marigny de Mandeville, one of the largest land owners in New Orleans, and the sister of Bernard Marigny, land owner and founder of the Faubourg Marigny, a historic neighborhood in New Orleans. Eulalie's connection to the de Marigny de Mandeville family led to gifts of money and real estate from Pierre, Bernard, and her grandmother, Madame de Mandeville. She used these gifts to not only secure financing for a successful retail business, but also to finance her plaçage partner's loan brokerage business and to become one of the wealthiest women in New Orleans. Eulalie's case helps create a context for the free woman of color that challenges the images presented in much of the literature to date, bringing her down from the heights of romanticism into the realm of reality. This is her story.
Johnson, Penny, "Eulalie de Mandeville: An Ethnohistorical Investigation Challenging Notions of Placage in New Orleans as revealed through The Lived Experiences of a Free Woman of Color" (2010). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1285.