Published by the Louisiana State University Press, this is Stephen J. Och's book entitled A Black Patriot and A White Priest, Andre Cailloux and Claude Paschal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans. This is the stated first printing of this book in 2000, and it is a hardcover volume with its original dust jacket in very good condition with clean, tight pages and a little wear to the dust jacket and price sticker residue and a pen mark on the back of the dust jacket. Otherwise, the book is quite clean and tells the story of the first black military Civil War hero, Captain Andre Cailloux of the 1st Louisiana Native Guards and that of the Reverend Claude Paschal Maistre, the lone Catholic clerical voice of abolition in New Orleans, and what some called a white radical, the first to emerge in the city. In July of 1863, Maistre would officiate at the large public funeral for Cailloux who was killed while leading a doomed charge against the Confederates at Port Hudson. Maistre's archbishop was against Maistre's actions that day and eventually would suspend him for his outspoken abolitionism. An early supporter of Afro-Creole radicalism, Maistre defiantly continued to maintain his parish after that suspension, as well as support Radial Reconstruction. The paths of Cailloux and Maistre crossed in a turbulent time, but illustrate what was a complex relationship between Afro-Creoles and Roman Catholics, a connection that would foster the Afro-Creole protest tradition and lend its support to a later, more successful Second Reconstruction.
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