Book about a young mulatto woman who would be forced into a common-law relationship with a white man. She wants to marry instead.
Florestine is the story of the lovely Florestine Cordés, a free woman of color, who was born and raised in antebellum New Orleans, Louisiana. If her mother had her way, she would have become the placée of an extremely wealthy man, whether she loves him or not.
She attends the theatre one evening where she accidentally drops her purse on the head of a handsome young white man, who introduces himself as Dr. David Boult, a dentist from Natchitoches in north Louisiana. Sparks fly and a romance is ignited. Florestine develops yellow fever and is forced to go to the public infirmary. While there, she was mistaken for a runaway slave and taken away by a slave catcher.
This is the story of Florestine’s upbringing and the forces that shaped her life; of Florestine and David’s romance and relationship against the conventions of the day.
I would like to promote this book to African-Americans to show them that there were other relationships in the pre-civil war days other than master slaver relationships.
This book contains a great deal of genealogical information that would be of interest to those interested in genealogy.
And this book contains a great deal of history of Louisiana. I think this book would be of interest to all of those with roots in Louisiana, especially New Orleans and north Louisiana.
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