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Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People, 1803-1877 Paperback – November 1, 1992
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My most interesting impression about the book was the transformation of the Acadian people from a very peaceful society to a more violent society with the introduction of "vigilante" groups of extralegal law enforcers. These groups were the result of rising crime and banditry in some areas where people took justice into their own hands.
Finally, the most telling part is how the War Between the States destroyed the economy that did not recover until the second world war. The federal forces destroyed many of the levees around the wetlands and rivers that caused much flooding and destruction so that the agricultural output was decimated.
This is an interesting read for anyone interested in the sketchy history of the Acadians of the 19th century.
After reading the book, I've realized that my cultural group was not only looked down upon during the modern era covered in Shane K. Bernard's "The Cajuns: Americanization of a People," but we were also outcasts during the time covered in Brasseaux's book. In short, the life and times of the Cajun people have often been scarred by oppression, hate, and an unhealthy ignorance of the culture that has lead many to believe we are all dumb, lazy idiots whose only goal in life is to have a good time with as little physical labor as possible.
Brasseaux's book, being primarily based on numbers, often gets weighed down by the records and charts that can sometimes lose the reader. Other than that, this book is worth the time to read. It isn't a very happy read, but it is full of information and an exhaustive list of references that lead the reader to further study.
Also, after reading this book, anyone with an ounce of Cajun blood in them will likely have a sour taste in their mouth for one A.W. Waud. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about.
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I highly enjoyed reading and rereading this book.It is a very informative It give a lot information about Acadian and Cajun historyPublished 22 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
this is a 5 star seller. packaging and handling excellent. have begun reading this book. and using it to trace my Cajun ancestry. Book is excellernt resourcePublished on February 12, 2013 by Nelda Bibb
I did not enjoy this book as some others that I have read about the Acadians. There were too many references to percentages & numbers making it read like an accountants journal.Published on January 19, 2013 by Hoosiergirl