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Caribbean New Orleans

Empire, Race and the Making of a Slave Society

C├ęcile Vidal

Cloth: 978-1-4696-4518-6 ($49.95)

Copyright 2019
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Lionel-Groulx Prize, Insitut d'Histore de l'Amerique fancaise (2020)
  • SAES/AFEA Research Prize (French Association of American Studies) (2020)


"Interpretively capacious, Caribbean New Orleans brings the history of the city home. By mapping out the deep imbrications between the islands of the Caribbean and the social, cultural, political, and economic life in New Orleans, Vidal deepens our understanding of salvery, race, and urban life in the Atlantic world."

--Laurent Dubois, Duke Univeristy

"Prodigiously researched and at once nuanced and sweeping, Carribbean New Orleans is a brilliant achivement, reaching far beyond the city at its center to offer a compelling analysis that integrates imperial aspiration with the emergence of social and racial systems in the wider Atlantic world. A true tour de force."

--Emily Clark, Tulane University

"In this deeply erudite and beautifully written evocation of New Orleans as a port city in the periphery of the Caribbean, Cecile Vidal, the leading French Atlantic historians of our times, transforms the history of this colonial capital from that of a marginal and exoctic outlier of American experience into a vital element of a larger Caribbean world. By illustrating how race infiltrated every aspects of life, her sophisticated and wide-ranging account of New Orleans points the way for a new and more convincing interpretation of how racil differentiation and white supremacist ideology evolved in America."

--Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne