Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People, 1803-1877

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Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People, 1803-1877
by Carl A. Brasseaux

An enlightening assessment that provides understanding of how the Acadians of Nova Scotia were culturally transformed into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

This book is the first to examine comprehensively the demographic growth, cultural evolution, and political involvement of Louisiana's large Acadian community between the time of the ...

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Overview

Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People, 1803-1877
by Carl A. Brasseaux

An enlightening assessment that provides understanding of how the Acadians of Nova Scotia were culturally transformed into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

This book is the first to examine comprehensively the demographic growth, cultural evolution, and political involvement of Louisiana's large Acadian community between the time of the Louisiana Purchase (1803), when the transplanted culture began to take on a decidedly Louisiana character, and 1877, the end of Reconstruction in Louisiana, when traditional distinctions between Acadians and neighboring groups had ceased to be valid.

Serving as a model for ethnohistories of other nonliterate peoples, Acadian to Cajun reveals how authentic cultural history can be derived from alternative historical resources when primary materials such as newspapers, correspondence, and diaries are not available. Here, Carl A. Brasseaux assembles a composite picture of this large Cajun community. From civil records, federal census reports, ecclesiastical registers, legislative acts, and electoral returns, he reveals the astonishing cultural transformation of the Acadians of Nova Scotia into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

Carl A. Brasseaux is assistant director of the Center for Louisiana Studies and a history professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780878055838
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 778,724
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Emergence of Classes in the Antebellum Period 3
2 Acadian Folk Life in the Nineteenth Century 20
3 Acadians and Politics, 1803-1860 45
4 Secession Crisis and the Civil War 58
5 Declining Economic Fortunes in Postbellum Louisiana 74
6 Cultural Integration, Transformation, and Regeneration 89
7 Politics and Violence in the Reconstruction Era 112
Conclusion 150
Appendix 155
Notes 185
Bibliography 225
Index 243
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