Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe Quote: Originally Posted by Martin Le AcadienThat was a fascinating glimpse at what it is like for you, thank you! I am shocked at the practices in the 50s, but guess I shouldn't be, that was smack in the McCarthy era where anything remotely unAmerican was suspect.
These time are very tolerant, ask me about the 1950's and before (a little before my time) but Acadiens in Louisiana were whipped and punished for speaking French ]
Haggis, now about the little matter of the deportation.
Tell me about the ' little matter of the deportation'. You have my curiosity running high now.
The discrimination wasn't because of McCarthy type stuff but Franco phobe feeling from the North of Louisiana where the population is mainly White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) and the KKK stuff ran rampant!!!
Remember David Duke? The KKK was strong after the American Civil War upto the post WW2 era! The Louisiana Constitution of 1921 forbade the use of French! Our New State Constitution (1974) now mandates French as a legal language! The Anti Francophone forces are gone and we use the language as we see fit! Merde Anglais!
The Acadiens weren't Un American, just not from their part of Amurika! Texans moving in with the oilfield in the 20 and 30's were anti-francophone and this was a source of conflict, solved when they learned we had the numbers and the voting rights act of 1964!. Most Acadiens were limited on schooling since schooling was offered in english and SEGREGATED since the Acadiens were treated as different from the White anglos!
The deportation is the dark stain on Canada's history, the Acadiens were deported from Nova Scotia from 1755 to 1764 in large numbers in the only organized Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide episode in North America. The Cajuns (acadians) of Louisiana are descendants of those people who were illegally expelled from the Province of Nova Scotia by an iillegal order and scattered to prevent their "taking over" of Acadie (Nova Scotia & New Brunswick)! Their story is told in the story of "Evangeline" by Henry wordsworth LONGFELLOW. The deportation was illegal and steps are being taken to rectify it in the world court system, as it looks, most of Louisiana is basically descendants of people illegally deprived of their British Citizenship at the time and resitiution of our citizenship and status in Canada is what being sought.
Do search of the GRAND DERANGEMENT, Exile of the Acadiens and Warren Perrin Petition for a detailed information about this episode in history. Hint: A Cajun is suing the Queen! Since Canada has signed the treaty recognizing the World Court, the Treaty on Genocide (with NO Statue of Limitations) it could get interesting.