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Speak white, speak black, speak American

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The process through which Louisiana Creole people in New Orleans were compelled to imagine themselves, and their community, as “American,” involved the imposition of an ethno-linguistic, and racial, social order. That social order, above all else, posited English as a Herrenvolk tongue, marginalizing Louisiana Créolophones as non-white, and compelling white Creoles to abandon French in return for the promise of upward mobility.

About the speaker

Darryl G Barthe Jr is a Louisiana Creole of métis (Mi’kmaq, Caddo, Chitimacha), Cajun, and African American heritage. An historian, he received his MA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from the University of Sussex in Brighton. He is currently a lecturer in American Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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