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Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History

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ISBN: 9781934110782
Author(s): Shane K. Bernard
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2008
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Pages: 92
Age: 8-12

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"Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History" traces the four-hundred-year history of this distinct American ethnic group. While written in a format comprehensible to junior-high and high-school students, it will prove appealing and informative as well to adult readers seeking a one-volume exploration of these remarkable people and their predecessors.

The narrative follows the Cajuns' early ancestors, the Acadians, from seventeenth-century France to Nova Scotia, where they flourished until British soldiers expelled them in a tragic event called "Le Grand Derangement" (The Great Upheaval)—an episode regarded by many historians as an instance of ethnic cleansing or genocide. Up to one-half of the Acadian population died from disease, starvation, exposure, or outright violence in the expulsion. Nearly three thousand survivors journeyed through the thirteen American colonies to Spanish-controlled Louisiana. There they resettled, intermarried with members of the local population, and evolved into the Cajun people, who today number over a half-million. Since their arrival in Louisiana, the Cajuns have developed an unmistakable identity and a strong sense of ethnic pride.

In recent decades they have contributed their exotic cuisine and accordion-and-fiddle dance music to American popular culture. "Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History&quo Please click here to ask a question
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