The Peach Magnolia Tree

The Peach Magnolia Tree

Status: In Progress

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary

Alternative choices of African American females in pre-Civil War New Orleans.
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Alternative choices of African American females in pre-Civil War New Orleans.

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Submitted: March 15, 2017

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Scene I :

A riverboat is visible from the portico of a large house in New Orleans. A child runs out to watch the approach of slaves who will be offered for sale on the docks. With her hair upswept in a chignon with white satin bow, the child, a quadroon, part white of African descent will become a part of the placage system, the consort of a white gentleman at the age of sixteen. Still a child, she eagerly awaits the docking of the boat.

Monique: "Mama, Cherie...Venez ici...Le arrive de Les Sombres." (Come here..the Dark Ones arrive) "Can we go to the wharf to greet them?"

Mama: "No Child. They are Les Desesperes - the desperate ones to be sold to the highest bidder. They are not our kind. Come, Mon Ange, we must dress you in your white silk and stockings. Sophie will have dinner on soon." .............

My intent is to tell an historical story, not to arbitrarily cross lines of political correctness. The placage system was an alternative route many slave women took to gain freedom in New Orleans. Balls were held so that rich men could pick a woman. Often these relationships created mutual children whom he cared for financially. Still, this system was one of total exploitation.


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