New Orleans Shame: The Quadroon Balls
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Since: Apr 08
#1 Feb 7, 2009
shame because it happened but during that time it was the better way of life sadly,many creole women were used, never made a wife,confused, and heartbrocken....
The first quadroon ball to introduce Frenchmen to available young ladies was held in 1805. It became a tradition for the mother to chaperone her daughter to the ball; the Frenchmen, after making his pick, negotiated with the young woman's mother as to how he was going to support her daughter, and then given permission to claim her as his mistress.
Many of these balls it is believed were held at 717 Orleans in the Quadroon Ballroom which today is part of a hotel.Because marriage between white Creole men and women was often arranged to keep the blood lines pure and the fortunes within the family, real romance for the man was sometimes experienced only with his quadroon mistress, who knew of each other's existence, can only be imagined.
no written history has survived regarding the names and the lives of these women. It is known how many could read or write. Mementos from them that might have been kept by their white lovers would have been destroyed upon the man's death so as to hide his liaison from future generations of his white family.
During the Civil War the quadroons, along with the community of Creoles of color, lost their identity as a separate group and had to survive as best they could. Many are believe to have gone north where in some cases they passed for white.
The Creoles of color surfaced again in New Orleans at the turn of the century with many of their French customs and language intact. They figured strongly in the civil rights movement of the 1960s
#2 Feb 7, 2009
?????? Shame..or rich history....I enjoyed reading your post. 17th and 18th century customs and traditions are Gone With the Wind.....Thank GOD.
However, in the 21st century there are even more horrors inflicted upon our fellow brothers and sisters worldwide.
I predict that 200 years from now people will be lamenting, and fretting over our indifference and acceptance of man's inhumanity to man that seems to be rampant in our society today.
#3 Jun 1, 2011
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