The Cajuns: Americanization of a People

The Cajuns Americanization of a People The past sixty years have shaped and reshaped the group of French speaking Louisiana people known as the Cajuns During this period they have become much like other Americans and yet have remained stri

  • Title: The Cajuns: Americanization of a People
  • Author: Shane K. Bernard
  • ISBN: 9781578065233
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cajuns: Americanization of a People

    The past sixty years have shaped and reshaped the group of French speaking Louisiana people known as the Cajuns During this period they have become much like other Americans and yet have remained strikingly distinct The Cajuns Americanization of a People explores these six decades and analyzes the forces that had an impact on Louisiana s Acadiana.In the 1940s, when AmerThe past sixty years have shaped and reshaped the group of French speaking Louisiana people known as the Cajuns During this period they have become much like other Americans and yet have remained strikingly distinct The Cajuns Americanization of a People explores these six decades and analyzes the forces that had an impact on Louisiana s Acadiana.In the 1940s, when America entered World War II, so too did the isolated Cajuns Cajun soldiers fought alongside troops from Brooklyn and Berkeley and absorbed aspects of new cultures In the 1950s as rock n roll and television crackled across Louisiana airwaves, Cajun music makers responded with their own distinct versions In the 1960s, empowerment and liberation movements turned the South upside down During the 1980s, as things Cajun became an absorbing national fad, Cajun became a kind of brand identity used for selling everything from swamp tours to boxed rice dinners At the dawn of the twenty first century, the advent of a new information age launched Cyber Cajuns onto a worldwide web All these forces have pushed and pulled at the fabric of Cajun life but have not destroyed it.A Cajun himself, the author of this book has an intense personal fascination in his people.By linking seemingly local events in the Cajuns once isolated south Louisiana homeland to national and even global events, Bernard demonstrates that by the middle of the twentieth century the Cajuns for the first time in their ethnic story were engulfed in the currents of mainstream American life and yet continued to make outstandingly distinct contributions.

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    One thought on “The Cajuns: Americanization of a People

    1. Brandy

      This book completely mirrored my Paw-paw's stories of growing up in a once solely speaking Cajun French settlement in South Louisiana from the 1930s through the 1960s. Not only did the language disappear -Cajun French was heavily banned from being spoken in public schools during this time, but also his entire settlement was absorbed by a larger town by the turn of the twentieth century. Both the culture and actual home towns of my grandparents'childhoods have all but been swallowed up by the oil [...]

    2. Nate

      interesting general history that ties a lot of national movements to the louisiana experience - the coming of modern luxury goods (i.e. electricity, refridgerators) world war II, hippies, the womans movement, civil rights movement. Also goes into preservation movements such as CODOFIL and the rebirth of cajun music. A good southeast Louisiana history that builds a lot of context around varous trends that shaped the region.

    3. Cheryl S.

      I think I read the wrong book for what I was trying to achieve. I am interested in Cajun history and culture, what makes a Cajun a Cajun. This book--as the title indicates--is about the Americanization of a people. It deals mostly with the years after WWII and how current events have changed the Cajun culture. What it didn't tell me is exactly what that culture is and how it came to be. The writing is somewhat repetitious and dry which didn't contribute to my reading enjoyment.

    4. Chris

      I found this book very interesting and it well documented what my mother and grand parents past down to me. I am from Cajun Country, acing grown up in Opelousas, LA. I really enjoyed it and it gave me some ideas as to where I can do som more of my genealogy research. My mother was one of the school kids who would get punished for talking French on the school grounds when they were trying to get them to learn English.

    5. Michelle Geiger

      I really enjoyed reading this. It was interesting to read about experiences that I know were similar to those of my parents and grandparents and to reflect on my own Cajun experience as the region became more Americanized. It was an interesting way for me to think about the Cajun heritage and fun to see familiar names and places mentioned.

    6. Donavan

      Essential reading for anyone interested in the Cajun people of Louisiana. This book is a starting point for additional research.

    7. Mitchel Broussard

      It gets a default 3 stars since I only read the introduction and conclusion. Blame my History teacher for only making me have to write one lame page on it. Not my fault.

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