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Rappelez-vous concitoyens ! La poésie de Pierre-Aristide Desdunes. Introduction and Notes in French and English by Caryn-Cossé Bell.

ISBN: 978-09820558-6-1. $15.50.

This book will be available January 1st, 2011.

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Rappelez-vous concitoyens ! La poésie de Pierre-Aristide Desdunes. Introduction and Notes in French and English by Caryn-Cossé Bell.

     “Caryn Cossé Bell’s introduction to Rappelez-vous concitoyens is brilliant! By the time she quotes the rappelez-vous
passage, the reader is already transported into the world of the Brothers Desdunes and their contemporaries and making eager comparisons to African American literary and political movements of the twentieth century. I so appreciate her placing him not only in the context of his times, but ours as well.”
       Brenda Marie OSBEY,
       Louisiana Poet Laureate, 2005-2007

     Perhaps without realizing it, Desdunes became the voice for people of color throughout the Jim Crow era in Louisiana. His poetry offers a precious literary testimony to the struggle againt the racial injustice that is part of the American experience.
      Elinora MADRID,

     Desdunes’ poetry is an archival treasure on several levels. It is an important addition to the body of writings produced by Creoles of Color; it is of interest as Francophone literature, specifically in the area of Louisiana studies; finally, as the work of an important figure in the early struggle against segregation, it is a unique document in the history of the American civil rights movement. The introduction to this volume deserves much praise. Caryn Cossé Bell, an eminent scholar in the field of Afro-Creole studies, provides an extraordinarily thorough historical and sociopolitical background.
     Chris MICHAELIDES,
     University of Louisiana at Monroe