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

By Carl A. Brasseaux

This e-book is the 1st to ascertain comprehensively the demographic progress, cultural evolution, and political involvement of Louisiana's huge Acadian group among the time of the Louisiana buy (1803), whilst the transplanted tradition started to tackle a decidedly Louisiana personality, and 1877, the tip of Reconstruction in Louisiana, while conventional differences among Acadians and neighboring teams had ceased to be legitimate. Serving as a version for ethnohistories of different nonliterate peoples, Acadian to Cajun finds how genuine cultural heritage may be derived from replacement old assets whilst basic fabrics reminiscent of newspapers, correspondence, and diaries should not to be had. the following, Carl A. Brasseaux assembles a composite photograph of this huge Cajun neighborhood. From civil documents, federal census experiences, ecclesiastical registers, legislative acts, and electoral returns, he finds the dazzling cultural transformation of the Acadians of Nova Scotia into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

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Indeed, of the ninety Acadian farms listed in the 1850 agricultural census of Terrebonne Parish, only twenty­three boasted more than fifteen cultivated acres.  10 Boiling techniques were dictated not only by the toughness of locally produced meats, agricultural produce, and game but by extant cooking technology as well. ) Only nonalcoholic beverages (usually black coffee) were dispensed by the hosts.  One such dispute during the Civil War ended in a shootout between an Acadian and his parish priest in front of St.

The survival of traditional Acadian culture was Page 21 a direct result of the society's social institutions and agricultural practices, which promoted economic self­sufficiency and group solidarity.  Indeed, of the ninety Acadian farms listed in the 1850 agricultural census of Terrebonne Parish, only twenty­three boasted more than fifteen cultivated acres.  10 Boiling techniques were dictated not only by the toughness of locally produced meats, agricultural produce, and game but by extant cooking technology as well.

Antebellum probate records indicate that Acadian males were usually skilled carpenters and blacksmiths as well.

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