Du Panlatinisme: Nécessité d’une Alliance entre La France et La Confédération du Sud. (Panlatinism: the Necessity of an Alliance between France and the Southern Confederacy)
Rare American Civil War-era pamphlet urging an alliance between France and the Confederate States of America by Louisiana-born, francophone physician and writer Alfred Mercier. Mercier’s nationalist argument—an appeal to Pan-Latinism—is based both on a common heritage of language and on a belief in the racial purity of white Creoles in Louisiana.¹
After receiving his medical degree in Paris, Mercier practiced medicine in New Orleans. On the eve of the war he returned to France. “From that vantage point he followed the developments of the American Civil War and came to fear for the cultural integrity of the South as the threat of a northern victory increased. In 1863, although Mercier was opposed to slavery, his belief in southern independence led him to appeal for French assistance on behalf of the South in a pamphlet, Du Panlatinisme: Necéssité d’une alliance entre la France et la Confédération du Sud.” (ANB)
Description: Du Panlatinisme: Nécessité d’une Alliance entre La France et La Confédération du Sud. (Panlatinism: the Necessity of an Alliance between France and the Southern Confederacy)
Paris: Librairie Centrale . 31, [1(blank)]pp. First Edition. Pamphlet. 8vo. Removed. Text in French. Two rubber stamped French tax stamps. Small manuscript label on first leaf. Lacking wrappers; foxing; upper corner of fore-edge trimmed and stained in margin; very good.
Note. 1. The Creole City [Louisiana State University] accessed online. See also: Fertel, Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (LSU Press, 2014), pp49ff. OCLC, in America, Tulane, University of Michigan only.