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Meet Cécile: An American Girl is the second book in the Marie-Grace and Cécile series. It was included with the Cécile doll when purchased; with the collection's archival, it can be purchased separately.



Only in Meet Cécile

Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Kings and Chocolate

Chapter Two: Free People of Color

Chapter Three: A New Friend and Good News

Chapter Four: Mardi Gras Season

Chapter Five: Dancing Fairies

Chapter Six: Secrets and Promises

Looking Back: New Orleans in 1853

Discusses the history of free people of color in New Orleans. Topics covered:

  • New Orleans in the 1850s and how it differed from other cities in America
  • Educated slaves and free people of color who owned businesses
  • Daily life, education, and expectations of children from wealthy families
  • French and Spanish laws that allowed slaves to earn money and buy their own freedom when Louisiana was under European rule
  • How gens de couleur libres from both America and Saint-Domingue influenced New Orleans culture
  • Prejudice faced by gens de couleur libres of New Orleans from Américains following the Louisiana Purchase, due to cultural and religious differences
  • Laws enacted by the American government to limit the rights of gens de couleur libres in New Orleans
  • How European immigration changed New Orleans, such as the use of the English language at schools, businesses, and government
  • The role gens de couleur libres played in the development and culture of New Orleans
  • Segregated areas for white people and gens de couleur libres at entertainment venues such as concerts and balls
  • The unique identity among New Orleans' gens de couleur libres, working together to help the less fortunate and pressing for greater equality in government, despite being forbidden to vote

Items associated with Meet Cécile

See Also


FancyDress still

Promotional video still of the Fancy Dress and Fairy Costume Accessories.

References and Footnotes

  1. As Meet Cécile is told from Cécile's perspective, Lavinia is not identified by name.

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