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The Many Traditions of Mardi Gras in Louisiana

The Many Traditions of Mardi Gras in Louisiana - Each year one of the most rambunctious events to take place in the United States is the celebration of Mardi GrasNew Orleans is often viewed as the home of M...

Unpacking Brexit: What comes next?

For the last two years, Brexit has been dominating the headlines. But what will the UK’s leaving the EU mean for the creole speaking islands of Mauritius, Dominica, Seychelles and St Lucia? Will it cause proble...
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Courir de Mardi Gras Soileau, LA

This is a cold, windy morning, at 9:30am in Metro Soileau (although this is as country as can be). Metro Soileau is the name associated with this region, as locals prefer to relate to this area. The Parade Capt...
Alcée Fortier

Alcée Fortier: The Preserver of Tales

A renowned Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Alcée Fortier was the author of numerous works on language, literature, and Louisiana history. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the field of academi...
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John Willis Menard – His Political Journey

John Willis Menard is best known as an abolitionist, author, journalist, and politician. He was born in Kaskaskia, a town located in Randolph County in the southern portion of Illinois in 1838. His parents were...
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Wilbert Richard – A Farmer’s Son Turned Soldier

Wilbert Richard left his family farm to join the Marines when he was 17 and narrowly missed tours in Vietnam and Okinawa. His recollections of his grandfather and great-grandfather give a great picture of histo...
Native Americans

Native Americans in Maryland: A Short History

Although there are no federally recognized Native American tribes in Maryland today, the original inhabitants of the area were composed of six tribes:  the Lenape, the Nanticoke, the Powhatan, the Ohio Valley, ...