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The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph
This is the story of one of the great crimes of history, a brutal act of genocide committed two and a half centuries ago.More than 10,000 men, women and children were removed from their homeland at gunpoint and sent into exile. They were stripped of the farms that had nurtured and sustained their families for four generations. Their homes and most of their possessions were ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by Wiley
(first published April 18th 2005)
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Engaging, dramatic prose interspersed with real life accounts of everyday heroes and villains, a must read for anyone discovering their Acadian roots. At some point, you may even cry at the pain experienced by this people and so little known.
Jul 22, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I would have liked this more if the bias and sensationalism had been less: la grande derangement is an example of a disapora/genocide (and where that line blurs) and doesn't need "hyping". It's one of the problems I have with non-fiction - it should be dispassionate (unless the reporter is closely linked with the events) and there are more and more cases of it not being so.
I’m drawn to fascinating people and events that have been overlooked or forgotten – hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history, stories waiting to be told. Ideas and inspiration can come from a footnote in a book, a museum exhibit or a reference in the news. I discovered the subject of my latest book, Empire of Deception – Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago – while doing research ...more