The Acadians: In Search of a Homeland

The Acadians In Search of a Homeland An evocative and beautifully written history of some of Canada s earliest settlers and their search for a definitive home In a small group of migrants fled political turmoil and famine in Franc

  • Title: The Acadians: In Search of a Homeland
  • Author: James Laxer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An evocative and beautifully written history of some of Canada s earliest settlers, and their search for a definitive home.In 1604, a small group of migrants fled political turmoil and famine in France to start a new colony on Canada s east coast Their roughly demarcated territory included what are now Canada s Maritime provinces, land that was fought over by the BritishAn evocative and beautifully written history of some of Canada s earliest settlers, and their search for a definitive home.In 1604, a small group of migrants fled political turmoil and famine in France to start a new colony on Canada s east coast Their roughly demarcated territory included what are now Canada s Maritime provinces, land that was fought over by the British and French empires until the Acadians were finally expelled in 1755 Their diaspora persists to this day.The Acadians is the definitive history of a little known part of the North American past, and the quintessential story of a people in search of their identity In the absence of a state, what defines an Acadian is elusive and while today s Acadian community centred in New Brunswick is confident than ever, it is entering a contentious debate about its future.James Laxer s compelling book brilliantly explores one of Canada s oldest and most distinct cultural groups, and shows how their complex, often tragic history reflects the larger problems facing Canada and the world today.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I liked this so much more than I liked Jobb's The Acadians: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. First, the bias wasn't there - Laxer just allows the events to stand alone, with the reader understanding the inherent horror of the situation. Second, there is more emphasis paid to the effects of the derangement and how the community has come back to life (despite setbacks). My only quibble was that, once again, an editor's touch was needed. Often there was too much repetition of facts, sometimes [...]

    2. Great starting point for a history - does a fair job at condensing a swathe of time and events to within 300 pages. The abbreviated length begin to feel a bit lop-sided once the book hits the political upheaval of the last sixty years, feeling more like a recounting of governmental session minutes than big-picture history in brief. The book as a whole also suffers quite a bit from redundant passages and passages which are redundant. But these notes aside, the book is a great place to begin a jou [...]

    3. This is a great book, with a unique perspective. It follows the history of the Acadians from their arrival in present day Nova Scotia, their expulsion by the British to various areas in the world, the reasons for this expulsion and how they fared in Louisiana and in New Brunswick. It introduces the world to the Honourable Louis Robichaud, one of the youngest and most able premiers in Canadian history.

    4. Being one of the 14 founding Acadian families it was sad, inspiring and so well written. He also happens to be a prof at the university I work at. Our family, the Aucoins, is mentioned many time in this book.

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