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French Mediterraneans

release date: May 01, 2016
French Mediterraneans
While the Mediterranean is often considered a distinct, unified space, recent scholarship on the early modern history of the sea has suggested that this perspective is essentially a Western one, devised from the vantage point of imperial power that historically patrolled the region’s seas and controlled its ports. By contrast, for the peoples of its southern shores, the Mediterranean was polymorphous, shifting with the economic and seafaring exigencies of the moment. Nonetheless, by the nineteenth century the idea of a monolithic Mediterranean had either been absorbed by or imposed on the populations of the region. In French Mediterraneans editors Patricia M. E. Lorcin and Todd Shepard offer a collection of scholarship that reveals the important French element in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century creation of the singular Mediterranean. These essays provide a critical study of space and movement through new approaches to think about the maps, migrations, and margins of the sea in the French imperial and transnational context. By reconceptualizing the Mediterranean, this volume illuminates the diversity of connections between places and polities that rarely fit models of nation-state allegiances or preordained geographies.

Past Perfect

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Past Perfect
Past Perfect is a story of love and loss, prejudice and resolution, as well as the search for selfhood. Prompted by a brush with mortality, her children approaching adulthood and the relationship with her husband being tested, Sue Spencer embarks on a search for meaning in her life-for a better sense of who she might be. Her quest takes her to to Akaroa, to France and back, tracing her genealogy.

The Huguenots, Or, The Early French in New Jersey

release date: Jun 01, 2009
The Huguenots, Or, The Early French in New Jersey
This volume contains the only official record of extant marriages from Mecklenburg County. The work consists of some 2,000 marriages in all and is arranged alphabetically according to the name of the groom. Each entry furnishes the names of the contracting parties, date of the bond, and name(s) of sureties. On occasion, the abstracts also indicate the bride and groom's address and/or the names of their parents.

The French Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest

release date: May 01, 2009
The French Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest
Every student of eighteenth century American history should have this book, which is a publication of the renowned State Historical Society of Wisconsin. More than simply a history of WI, it discusses every major figure and event that influenced the histo

The New Orleans of George Washington Cable

release date: Jun 01, 2008
The New Orleans of George Washington Cable
A pioneering local-color writer about Creole New Orleans and a public advocate for black equality in his native South during and after Reconstruction, George Washington Cable (1844--1925) depicted in his writing the clash between American newcomers and a quaint but proud French-speaking population in post--Louisiana Purchase New Orleans. His work, including the short-story collection Old Creole Days (1879) and his most famous novel, The Grandissimes (1880), received widespread critical acclaim and was serialized in the country's best highbrow magazines. In 1880, Cable was commissioned to write a "historical sketch" of pre--Civil War New Orleans for a special section of the Tenth U. S. Census. Although subsequently revised and published as Creoles of Louisiana, Cable's original piece never appeared in print again except as a facsimile reprint. With The New Orleans of George Washington Cable, Lawrence N. Powell presents this rare text in its entirety for the first time, including Cable's copious footnotes and other material deleted from the original census publication by its editors. Likened by northern critics to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Bret Harte, Cable was already a literary sensation by the time he undertook the census project. He approached writing history as seriously as he did writing fiction, and he attacked his new challenge with vigor. Instead of the "sketch" he was asked to provide, Cable turned in 313 pages of meticulously documented history -- complete with 647 footnotes -- on everything from the origins of the city and its role in the Indian wars to the effect of West Indian immigration, the War of 1812, and commercial expansion through the mid-nineteenth century. He used sources in English, French, and Spanish, drawing on published histories, early maps, official surveys, travel accounts, medical journals, sanitation reports, city ordinances, American State Papers, city directories, and the New Orleans--based DeBow's Review -- a treasure trove of history, journalism, and useful statistics -- for his lively account of the Crescent City. In an invaluable introduction to Cable's text, Powell illuminates the circumstances surrounding Cable's turn to historical writing and sheds new light on his controversial relations with white Creoles. Cable's forays into Creole culture aroused considerable hostility, as Powell ably demonstrates in his analysis of Cable's rivalry with Creole historian Charles Gayarré. Although Cable's vocal support for full civil rights for African Americans eventually forced him to leave New Orleans for Massachusetts, he continued to write novels, stories, and nonfiction about the Crescent City and the South. As Powell shows in his introduction, Cable's vast historical research fundamentally influenced both his development as a writer and his evolution as a political reformer.

Divided Loyalties in a Doomed Empire

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Divided Loyalties in a Doomed Empire
The genealogy of the French-speaking members of the Lewis and Clark expedition can often be traced back to the times where the fleur-de-lys was flying over New France. The terra incognita was explored to gratify Louis XIV's lust for the brown gold of the fur trade. By the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the French were well integrated into the North American population. These men were instrumental in the success of the Corps of Discovery. Observers from the Montreal North West Company spied on the expedition for fear of American encroachments. New Spain sent in vain a French adventurer to capture Meriwether Lewis. The legend of the West has both French and American heroes in common among the coureurs de bois (white Indians) and mountain men.

Conceptions of Europe in Renaissance France

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Conceptions of Europe in Renaissance France
This collection of essays by ten leading British and French Renaissance specialists explores, for the first time, differing conceptions of Europe in Renaissance France. Four essays concentrate on problems of definition in ideological, chronological, geographical and linguistic terms; a further three address cultural exchange and political collaboration (and, inevitably, conflict) between France and England at the time of the Wars of Religion; the final three contributions focus on the construction of a European identity in the early modern period that defines itself in contrast to a significant other, be it Islamic or 'Atlantic'. This volume will be of interest to scholars and students of French Renaissance literature and to those interested in the prehistory of our contemporary conception of Europe.

Distant Lands and Diverse Cultures

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Distant Lands and Diverse Cultures
Examines the symbiotic nature of cross-cultural interaction between France and the major trading regions of the Indian Ocean basin.

The French in the United States

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The French in the United States
Contemporary French immigrants have a high degree of integration into American society in terms of socio-demographic features and behavior patterns. While the foreign-born generation maintains a French identity beneath the surface, acculturation seems inevitable in later generations, due to a variety of social and attitudinal factors. Lindenfeld examines these factors, shedding light on a population that has, until now, remained fairly invisible.

French Colonists and Exiles in the United States

release date: Jan 01, 2002
French Colonists and Exiles in the United States
My Neck of the Woods is the account of five different Lewis families known to have inhabited Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Horry, and Georgetown counties in South Carolina; and Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, and Bladen counties in North Carolina. For each family, like that of William and Mary Lewis who settled in Brunswick County in 1731 (Key Lewis Family #1), Mr. Lewis traces descendants into the 20th century and, with the aid of computer-generated diagrams, illustrates their migration patterns throughout the Carolinas. Working from the U.S. federal censuses from 1790 through 1920, court records, secondary sources, and countless Internet sites, Mr. Lewis has laid the groundwork for genealogies of five separate Carolina Lewis families. Mr. Lewis' painstakingly prepared book also comes with a CD containing supplementary information about the Lewises that was available on the author's web site at the time of publication.

French and Indians of Illinois River

release date: Jan 01, 2001
French and Indians of Illinois River
Complex and paradoxical, Nehemiah Matson (1816-1873) celebrated the occupation of the Middle West by European pioneers even as he labored to preserve the memory of the natives these pioneers replaced. And while he perpetuated the memory of the Indians who were driven out of the territory, he nevertheless accumulated wealth selling their land to the pioneers. Rodney O. Davis notes in the foreword to this book that Matson combined the attributes of a scholar with those of a salesman and promoter. Matson's historical writings are valuable even when he deals with well-known events because his personal perspective makes his observations unique. Without the stories and reminiscences he collected, much valuable information would have been lost, especially since many of his informants, both Indian and European, were illiterate. Because his informants often told conflicting stories, Matson admitted that "harmonizing all conflicting accounts . . . has not been a success".

Gulf Coast Colonials

Gulf Coast Colonials
A register of French Americans in Mobile, Ala.

The First French Canadians

release date: Jan 01, 1993
The First French Canadians
This book is the culmination of an enormous project aimed at the identification of the original French migrants to Quebec and their descendants in the form of a computerized population register.

Perspectives on France

release date: Jan 01, 1984

The French Blood in America

The French Blood in America
A history of Huguenots in the United States.

The Census Tables for the French Colony of Louisiana from 1699 Through 1732

The Census Tables for the French Colony of Louisiana from 1699 Through 1732
This is a compilation of the twenty-eight earliest census records of Louisiana. Such records have proved time and again to be the foundation and touchstone of modern genealogy. These particular census records cover, at one period or another, Fort Maurepas, Biloxi, Mobile, Natchez, New Orleans, and other locations. The records are both civilian and military, mainly the former, and they extend from 1699 through 1732. Besides census records, the reader will find lists of 1,704 marriageable girls, a 1726 list of persons requesting negroes, landowner lists, and a list of persons massacred at Fort Rosalie in 1729. Other features include a synopsis of Louisiana's colonial history, tips on French colonial naming practices, and a comprehensive index of 5,000 names.

The French Régime in Wisconsin and the Northwest

Reminiscences of Alexander Toponce, Pioneer, 1839-1923

French Intrusions and Indian Uprisings in Georgia and South Carolina (1577-1580)

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