The Formation of a Three-Caste Society: Evidence from Wills in Antebellum New Orleans

  title={The Formation of a Three-Caste Society: Evidence from Wills in Antebellum New Orleans},
  author={Paul F. Lachance},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={211 - 242}
  • P. Lachance
  • Published 22 January 1994
  • History
  • Social Science History
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