their activih- was the result of forces\r\npresent before the Civil War and\r\nthe socioeconomic and political\r\nchanges wrought h)- the war [widespread\r\nstarvation I.\r\nAs the 1859-60 vigilante campaigns\r\nof terror and violence\r\nagainst free people of color in St.\r\nLandrv' Parish and in the Attakapas\r\nregion indicated, the \\'igilante-anhvigilante\r\nstrngglc had evolved (b\\'\r\nthe early postbelkim period) from a\r\ncrusade for law and order into a\r\nclass strngglc with strong racial\r\novertones.\r\nBrasseanx concludes that\r\nMrican-Amcricans heavilv influenced\r\nthe dexdopment of Cajun\r\nmusic, folklore, cuisine, folk medicine\r\nand folk religion. In the postbellum\r\nperiod, however, these\r\ncross-cultural contributions were\r\novershadowed bv tlic political ramifications\r\nof emancipation for the\r\nformer servile population.\r\nIn other words, race relations got worse,\r\nnot better, following universal emancipation.\r\nBut St. Martinvillc, with its eastesystem\r\nbuffer of Creole blacks, \\s Gathered\r\nthose difficidt years better than oflier\r\nareas of the South, according to the museum.\r\nProblems continue along racial lines\r\nin St. Martinville today. The members of\r\nthe cih council that approved the museinn,\r\ndescendants of Cajuns and French\r\naristocrats and slaves, have not stood for\r\nelection for 12 vears. The federal government\r\nhas denied voting rights to the\r\nLIBERAL ARTS\r\nHOW DO YOU SOLVE\r\nA PROBLEM LIKE\r\nTHE ISRAELIS?\r\n"The...
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