Title

Ambassador of Cajun Music: Jimmy C. Newman, 1927-2014

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Publication Title

Popular Culture Review

Volume

31

Issue

1

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

In February 1765, the first boat with French-speaking refugees from Acadia in Nova Scotia arrived in the present-day state of Louisiana, where their description of themselves as Acadians changed, just as regional dialects change, into Cajuns. Their departure was part of what one historian of Cajun culture calls an “ethnic cleansing.” The British had acquired French Canada two years before and deported the Catholic Acadians to other colonies; a group of them chose instead to head for what they thought was French territory. It turned out that the Treaty of Paris of 1763, which had conveyed French Canada from France to England, also shifted Louisiana from France to Spain. The Acadians moved into the swamps and bayous north of New Orleans, and created a new life for themselves, hoping to stay out of the way of authorities who might bother them (Bernard; C. Brasseaux; Jobb; Rushton).

Keywords

History; Music; Cajun; Jimmy Newman

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Music

Language

English


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