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Early Civil Rights

This novel weaves in relatively unknown pioneer civil rights struggles in Louisiana  during the post- American Civil War era . . .  notably the watershed case  Décuir v Benson.

Antoine Décuir (day-kwee) II and Madame Josephine Dubuclet  (du-bu-clay)Décuir were prominent Creoles of Color  and  owners of several large plantations in Pointe Coupée (koo-pay) Parish, LA.  Their largest, as well as their principal residence, was Austerlitz Plantation until 1855.  Widow Decuir's  case was a landmark discrimination suit against John Benson, captain of the steamboat Governor Allen.