Books: Negro Aristocracy

CHILDREN OF STRANGERS—Lyle Saxon —Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

Culturally the South still consists of a large group of small islands. Nowhere is this source of confusion to Northerners better dramatized than in the Cane River country of west central Louisiana, locale of Children of Strangers.

Settled around 1760 by a rich Frenchman and his New Orleans quadroon mistress, the 60-mile stretch of Cane River land was inherited by "free-mulattoes" who married New Orleans mulattoes, brought in French architects to build their houses, had their portraits painted, owned their own slaves. After the Civil War they...

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