French, Cajun, Creole, Houma A Primer on Francophone Louisiana

ISBN-10: 0807130362

ISBN-13: 9780807130360

Edition: 2005

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In recent years, ethnographers have recognized south Louisiana as home to perhaps the most complex rural society in North America. More than a dozen French-speaking immigrant groups have been identified there, Cajuns and white Creoles being the most famous. In this guide to the amazing social, cultural, and linguistic variation within Louisiana's French-speaking region, Carl A. Brasseaux presents an overview of the origins and evolution of all the Francophone communities. Brasseaux examines the impact of French immigration on Louisiana over the past three centuries. He shows how this once-undesirable outpost of the French empire became colonized by individuals ranging from criminals to entrepreneurs who went on to form a multifaceted society--one that, unlike other American melting pots, rests upon a French cultural foundation. A prolific author and expert on the region, Brasseaux offers readers an entertaining history of how these diverse peoples created south Louisiana's famous vibrant culture, interacting with African Americans, Spaniards, and Protestant Anglos and encountering influences from southern plantation life and the Caribbean. A product of thirty years' research, French, Cajun, Creole, Houma provides a reliable and understandable guide to the ethnic roots of a region long popular as an international tourist attraction.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The remarkable diversity of Louisiana's French-speaking population, 1699-1999p. 1
Four hundred years of Acadian life in North Americap. 37
Creoles : a family portrait in black and whitep. 85
The Houma Nationp. 117
French Louisiana historiographyp. 131
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