Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians

Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians offers a distinctive and original reading of racialization in early America. Focusing on cultural cross-dressing from a wide range of sources, Sophie White shows that material culture—especially dress—was central to discourses about race, as colonization was built on encounters mediated by appearance.

Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians
Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana

Sophie White

2012 | 360 pages | Cloth $45.00 | Paper $24.95
American History | Latin American Studies/Caribbean Studies
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction

I. FRENCHIFICATION IN THE ILLINOIS COUNTRY
Chapter 1. "Their Manner of Living"
Chapter 2. "Nothing of the Sauvage"
Chapter 3. "One People and One God"

II. FRENCHIFIED INDIANS AND WILD FRENCHMEN IN NEW ORLEANS
Chapter 4. "The First Creole from This Colony That We Have Received": Sister Ste. Marthe and the Limits of Frenchification
Chapter 5: "To Ensure That He Not Give Himself Over to the Sauvages": Cleanliness, Grease, and Skin Color
Chapter 6. "We Are All Sauvages": Frenchmen into Indians?
Epilogue: "True French"

List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments