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By Carl A. Brasseaux

This publication is the 1st to ascertain comprehensively the demographic development, cultural evolution, and political involvement of Louisiana's huge Acadian neighborhood 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 different nonliterate peoples, Acadian to Cajun finds how actual cultural heritage should be derived from substitute ancient assets while fundamental fabrics reminiscent of newspapers, correspondence, and diaries aren't to be had. the following, Carl A. Brasseaux assembles a composite photograph of this massive Cajun group. From civil documents, federal census stories, ecclesiastical registers, legislative acts, and electoral returns, he finds the striking cultural transformation of the Acadians of Nova Scotia into the Cajuns of Louisiana.

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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.  In Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, Acadian brides in exogenous marriages frequently took as husbands scions of Gallicized German Creole 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.

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.  In Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, Acadian brides in exogenous marriages frequently took as husbands scions of Gallicized German Creole families.

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.

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