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  •  Actually, that last paragraph (1+ / 0-)
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    is off. Seems like the free blacks often owned slaves themselves. Thus:

    With secession and war impending, propertied free blacks, epecially those who owned slaves, rallied to the Southern
    They wrote in the New Orleans Daily Delta:
    The free colored population of Louisiana...own slaves, and they are ready to shed their blood for her defense. They have no sympathy for abolition; no love for the North, but they have plenty for Louisiana...they will fight for her in 1861 as they fought in 1814-1815

    Quotes from Hanger's book cited above.

    •  there was a lot of ballyhoo in those days (1+ / 0-)
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      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 02:01:38 PM PDT

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      •  Sure. But I think it's easy (1+ / 0-)
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        to forget that Louisiana was a Spanish colony right before the US aquired it. (The architecture of the French Quarter, as you probably know, is actually Spanish.) Hanger's book, from 1997, was the first to carefully study free black society in this time period. And she shows how unique the free black society was (compared to the US), especially their participation in free black militias. So free black militias were a BIG deal to their identity, as well as the fact that it gave them many other opportunities for social advancement.

        Since her book is about the colonial period, obviously she doesn't discuss the 19th century much, but she says the identity formed under Spanish rule had effects up to 1861 and up to today. That's why maybe what they wrote in that newspaper I quoted above maybe shouldn't be viewed through the normal Civil War lens that excludes the Spanish colonial rule (for example, the Wikipedia link to that Lousisiana militia says nothing about how common and important such militas were up until 1803).  

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