Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban Studies


Planning and Urban Studies

Major Professor

Ehrenreich, Jeffrey

Second Advisor

Atkinson, Connie

Third Advisor

Brooks, Jane


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.


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