Date of Award

5-15-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

History

Department

History

Major Professor

Powers, Madelon

Second Advisor

Mitchell, Mary N.

Third Advisor

Cassimere Jr., Raphael

Abstract

This paper examines the generational changes in the culture and racial self-identification of Creoles of Color of New Orleans. This study argues that the key to understanding Creole culture is the role that isolationism has played in its history. While White ethnics pursued a path of assimilation, Creoles of Color pursued a path of isolationism. This path served them well during the Jim Crow era, but it suddenly became undesirable during the Black Power era. Now, however, new values of multiculturalism have resurrected Creole identity as a cultural asset.

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