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Acadian Redemption: From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen's Royal Proclamation [Kindle Edition]

Warren Perrin
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Acadian Redemption: From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen’s Royal Proclamation, the first biography of an Acadian exile, defines the 18th century society of Acadia into which Joseph dit BeausoleilBroussard was born in 1702. The book tells of his early life events and militant struggles with the British who had for years wanted to lay claim to the Acadians’ rich lands. Subsequent chapters discuss the epic odyssey duringwhich Beausoleil led a group of one hundred ninety-three Acadians from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, the New Acadia, with the hope that his beloved Acadian culture would survive. The last half of the book discusses therepercussions of Beausoleil’s life that resulted in the evolution of the Acadian culture into what is now called the “Cajun” culture and how it led to an eighth generation Beausoleil descendant, Warren A. Perrin, to bring a Petitionseeking an apology from the British Crown in 1990. This Petition was successfully resolved on December 9, 2003, by the signing of the Queen’s Royal Proclamation. Alfred Silver, historical novelist and author of Three HillsHome, said about Acadian Redemption: “Warren A. Perrin brings to historical research a lawyer’s penchant to parse the difference between fact and speculation. Joseph Beausoleil Broussard was the kind of character who cantoo easily be shortchanged by stereotyping, and I’m sure Beausoleil is glad he finally got a good lawyer.” For a refreshing, unique perspective on the events that shaped Louisiana’s Cajun culture, read Acadian Redemption:From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen’s Royal Proclamation.

Editorial Reviews


"...a nice little book and would make an excellent stocking stuffer for Broussard descendants ... definitely an interesting read." --Damon Veach, The Advocate Magazine

" interesting book on an Acadian freedom fighter who ...ultimately led his people from Acadia to ...Southwest Louisiana." --Judy Riffel, le Raconteur Le Comite des Archives de la Louisiane

"...a fascinating and most unusual book... In at least two senses, Warren Perrin has changed history-into His Story." --Robert Bridges, Cajun Times

From the Publisher

The book was named "Best History Book" of 2004 by the Louisiana Press Women's Association

The book is supported by the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2004, La Famille Beausoleil, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) a the Broussard Family Reunion of Nova Scotia

The book contains artwork depicting Beausoleil,

Product Details

  • File Size: 3599 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Andrepont Publishing LLC (August 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J4C0PU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom for the Cajuns November 7, 2008
Now the shadows of night gather round,
Foreign drums make their terrible sound.
They may tear us apart,
But they can't still the heart
of your people, O sweet Acadie!

The above verse from the song O, O Acadie! by James Peter Louviere [page 53] speaks to the hearts of all people of Acadian descent. At age 35, I didn't know I was such a descendant -- until that day I stood on the ground impounded from the sea by my ancestors in Acadia over 350 years earlier. Luxuriant green fields stretched out in every direction with only the Church of St. Charles in Grand Pré punctuating the view, and a feeling welled up inside of me that brought tears to my eyes, tears which yet arise today as I type these words. This land, stretching as far as I could see, belonged to my ancestors and it was rudely and illegally wrenched from them in the eighteenth century by an agent of the British crown. I felt as if I had returned home to a place that I had never been before.
Warren Perrin has brought the story of the peace-loving Acadians to life within the covers of this book. He describes how our mutual ancestors only wanted peace with their neighbors and whoever claimed to be "governing" them, the French or the English. Unfortunately both the French and English disliked the Acadians and made life tough for them. After the Acadians had been promised to be allowed to remain peacefully settled in Acadia, a Governor of the region, without authority from the Queen, decided to deport all the Acadians, stripping them of their land, their farms, and most of their possessions. How this came to be is the heart of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor chronological order. October 2, 2012
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The book was hard to follow; especially since the author (in the first half) constantly "jumped" around with the dates of events and/or names of the people involved. It did spark my interest for further study, but I was surprised at the LA award for best History. If the author decides to write a sequel, he should get a better editor and proofreader. There were a number of goofs in spelling, etc. I would still definitely recommend this book to others. Until I read this book, I did not really have a clue! Also, please encourage anyone interested in the Acadians to read "Scattered to the Wind" which gives a great account of the Acadians who ended up in various states and other countries. It's a very sad read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was short but full of information. June 27, 2013
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I really enjoyed this read. I bought it on Nook first but wanted a hard copy I could mark up and share. I have traced my husband's ancestry to these two Broussard brothers, so it is nice to delve more into their personalities.
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