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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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Fighting for Freedom

Fighting for Freedom

Free Women of African Descent in New Orleans and Beyond

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(p.21) Fighting for Freedom
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Walking Raddy
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Jessica Marie Johnson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.003.0003

Since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, enslaved and free women of African descent have been central to New Orleans’ culture and black community formation. Enslaved women of African descent who secured manumission—or legal documentation of their freedom—laid the foundation for the vibrant and politically savvy black community that would emerge in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The fight for freedom, however, would be long and winding, with complicated successes and failures reflecting diversity and conflict within and among women of African descent, as well as the changing geopolitical terrain the city was founded on and remained situated in throughout its long history. Recovering the voices of these early, founding women—the political and cultural ancestors of the Baby Dolls—is crucial to developing a history of women of African descent’s defiance and resistance to both racial and gendered oppression across New Orleans history.

Keywords:   History, gender, race, slavery, New Orleans

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