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By Carl A. Brasseaux

ISBN-10: 0878055835

ISBN-13: 9780878055838

This ebook is the 1st to envision 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, whilst 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 background should be derived from replacement old assets while fundamental fabrics reminiscent of newspapers, correspondence, and diaries aren't to be had. right here, Carl A. Brasseaux assembles a composite photograph of this massive Cajun neighborhood. From civil files, federal census reviews, ecclesiastical registers, legislative acts, and electoral returns, he finds the extraordinary cultural transformation of the Acadians of Nova Scotia into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

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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....  Though such mutual aid programs were significant social institutions, they were overshadowed by the selection of godparents for the child's christening, a practice that formally allied families.

Firmly bound together by cultural and blood ties, extended families constituted clans, centered on the original family property and dominated by the oldest surviving member, or patriarch.  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.

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....  Though such mutual aid programs were significant social institutions, they were overshadowed by the selection of godparents for the child's christening, a practice that formally allied families.

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