Isle of Canes

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Ancestry Publishing, Sep 1, 2006 - Fiction - 583 pages
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Isle of Canes is the epic account of an African-American family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes. Historically accurate and genealogically significant, this first novel by eminent genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills is a gripping tale of racial bias, human conflict, and economic ruin told against the backdrop of colonial Louisiana. This novel is the result of more than thirty years of research. To fuel the story, as well as to maintain historical accuracy, the author found and referenced actual family history documents such as baptism records, manumission papers, probate records, land records, book extracts, and more to reconstruct the lives and times of Francois, Fanny, Coincoin, Augustin, and countless other unforgettable characters. But it takes more than documents on paper and microfilm to bring such an epic story to life. Mills' engaging prose puts flesh on the bones and pulls you into the lives and lifestyle of long-ago Louisiana. ""
 

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User Review  - Rosemary - Goodreads

If you like history then this is a great story covering mid-1700's-1900-we were never taught this in schoo!l About the settlers and slaves and the inter-racial mixing of families in Louisiana who were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melanie Stoll - Goodreads

An epic, heartbreaking and hopeful journey. I'll read it again. Read full review

Contents

7aaém0La
7
Circa 1900
10
The Promise
11
The Price 91
26
The Planting 209
163
Part 4
209
Part 5
401
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473
Circa 1900
569
R9 Augustins Manor R12 Baptism of Marie Therese dire Coincoin 1742
580
St Frangois Church 1738
582
A Note about Sources 579
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Mills is a historical writer who has spent her life studying Southern culture and the relationships between people

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