Evangeline and The Acadians

Evangeline and The Acadians

by Robert Tallant, Corinne Dillon
     
 

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"Originally published in 1957, the book has an old-fashioned flavor . . . 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 . . ."
--Children's Literature

Readers familiar with Longfellow's poem Evangeline can

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"Originally published in 1957, the book has an old-fashioned flavor . . . 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 . . ."
--Children's Literature

Readers familiar with Longfellow's poem Evangeline can find an expanded and historically accurate account of the Acadians' plight in the novel Evangeline and the Acadians. Robert Tallant's sympathetic pen brings to life the Acadians' painful search for a land of freedom, hope, and love. When the unwelcome British came to Nova Scotia and took over this land the French colonists called "Acadia," faith and loyalty were continually tested. Marriages between the Acadians and British were not outlawed but despised, and eventually Acadian parents punished any child caught speaking English.

Under British authority in 1775, the first fathers and brothers were ripped mercilessly away from their female family members and shipped off as exiles. For years, bands of displaced and weary Acadians wandered in search of a haven for French-speaking people. Many found that haven in Louisiana.

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Children's Literature
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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ISBN-13:
9781565540903
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
Pelican ed
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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