Evangeline and The Acadians

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"Acadia was not quite as it is described by Longfellow in Evangeline, but it was a beautiful land." Now younger readers can meet the happy and hardworking Acadians who at first tried to tolerate suffering under British rule in order to stay in this land that offered them hope. As time passed, more battles broke out between the French and the English. Eventually even the Acadian priests were accused of being violent spies unloyal to the British. Bitterness crossed into both camps. The people who called this land "Acadia" and those that referred to ...

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"Acadia was not quite as it is described by Longfellow in Evangeline, but it was a beautiful land." Now younger readers can meet the happy and hardworking Acadians who at first tried to tolerate suffering under British rule in order to stay in this land that offered them hope. As time passed, more battles broke out between the French and the English. Eventually even the Acadian priests were accused of being violent spies unloyal to the British. Bitterness crossed into both camps. The people who called this land "Acadia" and those that referred to it as "Nova Scotia" slowly stopped intermingling. Acadian parents would punish any child caught speaking English, and these unyielding people kept dreaming of a new home that offered hope, the hope this land once promised. Robert Tallant writes with a historically accurate and sympathetic voice. He speaks about the tragic expulsion of the Acadians and focuses on the circumstances that led up to the Acadians' forced exodus to many French-speaking places, including a haven some Acadians or Cajuns found called Louisiana.

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From the first days that the French settlers landed in the Canadian area now called Nova Scotia in the early 1600s, they knew hardship and struggle. Largely fishermen and farmers, they tried to live in peace under British rule, but tensions continued to grow as England and France periodically went to war over the next century. In 1755, after a final peace was declared to end the Seven Years War (The French and Indian War), the English forced the Acadians off their land and burned their farms and crops. About 5,000 to 7,000 Acadians, with only what little they could carry, were herded onto ships, sometimes separated from their families, and dispersed. Gradually, some of the Acadians found their way to the French colony that is now the state of Louisiana where they settled in the bayou country and lived by farming, fishing, and trapping. Originally published in 1957, the book has an old-fashioned flavor. Nevertheless, Robert Tallant, who has written extensively about Louisiana's history, writes a sympathetic, factual account of the history and culture of the people we now know as Cajuns and whose story Longfellow memorialized in his epic poem Evangeline. 2000 (orig. 1957), Pelican. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540903
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Pelican ed
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT TALLANT (1909-1957) was one of Louisiana's best-known authors and a participant in the WPA Writers' Project during the 1930s and 1940s. During the last years of his life, he was a lecturer in English at Newcomb College.

Illustrator Corrine Boyd Dillon was a native of Kentucky, and her illustrations regularly appeared in national magazines. Illustrating children's books and young adult novels such as Evangeline and the Acadians gave her great joy.

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