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

By Carl A. Brasseaux

This booklet is the 1st to check 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 top of Reconstruction in Louisiana, while conventional differences among Acadians and neighboring teams had ceased to be legitimate. Serving as a version for ethnohistories of alternative nonliterate peoples, Acadian to Cajun finds how real cultural historical past will be derived from replacement ancient assets whilst fundamental fabrics corresponding to newspapers, correspondence, and diaries usually are not to be had. the following, Carl A. Brasseaux assembles a composite photo of this massive Cajun group. From civil files, federal census stories, ecclesiastical registers, legislative acts, and electoral returns, he unearths the unbelievable cultural transformation of the Acadians of Nova Scotia into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

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The gulf between the petits habitants and Anglo­American planters, merchants, and professionals was especially wide, as is demonstrated in the reminiscences of J.  The typical antebellum Acadian farm's garden provided adequate amounts of corn, potatoes, and vegetables, while home­grown cattle and hogs, as well as game killed during hunting expeditions, furnished the petits habitants a protein­rich diet.  Antebellum probate records indicate that Acadian males were usually skilled carpenters and blacksmiths as well.

Petits habitants east and west of the Atchafalaya River shared a common heritage, language, life­style, and life goals. " Poor Acadians were thus not only unwilling but unable to share to any great extent the materialism, Page 41 social institutions, and improved technology that their neighbors so readily embraced. The gulf between the petits habitants and Anglo­American planters, merchants, and professionals was especially wide, as is demonstrated in the reminiscences of J.  The typical antebellum Acadian farm's garden provided adequate amounts of corn, potatoes, and vegetables, while home­grown cattle and hogs, as well as game killed during hunting expeditions, furnished the petits habitants a protein­rich diet.

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.  In later years, Fathers Joseph Billon and Francis P.  Martinville, the St.  Sometimes a priest was not able to visit remote rural areas for years, and this unofficial ceremony "held" until the child was officially baptized by a priest and was especially valued when an infant's life was in danger before it had been [officially] baptized....

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