Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History by Shane K. Bernard

By Shane K. Bernard

Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's heritage lines the four-hundred-year heritage of this exact American ethnic crew. whereas written in a layout understandable to junior-high and high-school scholars, it's going to turn out beautiful and informative besides to grownup readers looking a one-volume exploration of those extraordinary humans and their predecessors. The narrative follows the Cajuns' early ancestors, the Acadians, from seventeenth-century France to Nova Scotia, the place they flourished till British squaddies expelled them in a sad occasion referred to as Le Grand Dérangement (The nice Upheaval)--an episode looked via many historians as an example of ethnic detoxification or genocide. as much as one-half of the Acadian inhabitants died from sickness, hunger, publicity, or outright violence within the expulsion. approximately 3 thousand survivors journeyed throughout the 13 American colonies to Spanish-controlled Louisiana. There they resettled, intermarried with individuals of the neighborhood inhabitants, and advanced into the Cajun humans, who at the present time quantity over a half-million. considering that their arrival in Louisiana, the Cajuns have built an unmistakable id and a powerful feel of ethnic satisfaction. In fresh many years they've got contributed their unique delicacies and accordion-and-fiddle dance tune to American pop culture. Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: a tender Reader's background contains a number of photographs and over a dozen sidebars on subject matters starting from Cajun song to Mardi Gras. Shane ok. Bernard is historian and curator of McIlhenny corporation, manufacturers of TABASCO® model pepper sauce, and Avery Island, Inc. he's the writer of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues; The Cajuns: Americanization of a humans; and TABASCO®: An Illustrated historical past.

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The Massachusetts government authorized public beatings of exiles who left designated areas and forced Acadian children into indentured servitude. More than four hundred exiles were sent to Pennsylvania, where many died aboard prison ships in Philadelphia’s harbor. Lawrence shipped other Acadians to Maryland, where the government ordered frontier guards to shoot escaping exiles on sight. Similar treatment occurred in Connecticut, New York, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, where English-speaking “hosts” viewed their French-speaking “guests” with a mixture of fear and hatred.

From Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline (New York: Alden, 1892), 55. as an example of ethnic cleansing (the removal of one people by another from a geographic region through violence and terror). Other historians also regard the expulsion as an example of genocide (the destruction of one people by another, as occurred most infamously during World War II, when Nazi Germans and their allies murdered more than six million Jews and other peoples during the Holocaust). The expulsion marked the most important event in the Acadians’ history.

Many believed that Evangeline actually existed, while others claimed that she was based on an Acadian exile named Emmeline Labiche. Like Evangeline, however, Emmeline Labiche was a fictional character, invented by Saint Martinville writer Judge Felix Voorhies in his 1907 book, Acadian Reminiscences. ) The fictional stories of Evangeline and Emmeline Labiche take place against a backdrop of actual historical events and remain important literary interpretations of Acadian history. Longfellow’s Evangeline begins, This is the forest primeval.

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