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Tignon Laws

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Cat Cooley

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Transcript of Tignon Laws

Tignon Laws
By Cat Cooley and Vanessa Eguakun
A law passed in 1786 that forced all women of African descent to wear their hair in knotted wraps whether they were biracial, high class, commoners, or slaves.
The tignon laws were instated because women of African descent were wearing their hair in such elaborate ways that it attracted the attention of white men.
Another cause was white and Spanish-Creole men were starting to keep women of African descent as placées .
The final reason of why they were instated is because white women were jealous that women of African descent were consider prettier and exotic.
Why were they instated ?
Esteban Miró
He was a Spanish army officer and governor of Louisiana
He believed that the tignon laws would help distinguish African American women from white women
He wanted these laws to minimize the beauty of African American women

Instead of wearing a plain white cloth as expected, the women wore bright red, blue, green, and yellow cloths decorated with jewelry and ribbons.
They also tied the cloths in elaborate and exciting manners. Instead of dulling their beauty the cloths enhanced it.
How were these laws counter acted ?
What are the tignon laws?
Who instated these laws ?
Works Cited

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shocking-history-why-women-of-color-in-the-1800s-were-banned-from-wearing-their-hair-in-public/>.

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"Tignon of Colonial Louisiana." MediaNola. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. <http://medianola.org/
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Impact of the Tignon Laws
The tignon laws empowered African American women and gave them a sense of pride for their hairstyles
Many women today wear tignons as a tribute to their heritage and the fashion statement it makes
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