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In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors. As Brasseaux reveals, Acadians' cohesiveness and insularity preserved the core elements of their culture and helped them adjust to new physical and social demands.
©1987 Louisiana State University Press (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
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"A contribution of the highest order. It will undoubtedly remain the defiitive study of the Acadians for many years to come." (Journal of American Studies)
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By C.Joy S. on 07-18-17

Boring

This is not what I was hoping for. I could not stay with the book due to the authors pension for dates times places (by the old names), planting of crops and what grew where all of which really of no interest to me. I could not make myself finish the book.

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By Roy Kirby Chaudoir on 10-13-16

Tremendous

This book is exceptionally well organized. You can read it front to back and enjoy it or you can keep it for reference book and you will never be disappointed. It covers the entire Cajun experience from beginning to present day. I love this book and it help me much of my writing a novel.

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