A People's Story of Exile and Triumph, New & Expanded Edition
A classic work of Acadian history from the award-winning journalist and author ofEmpire of Deceptionis finally back in print.
The Deportation of the Acadians — one of the darkest events in Canadian history — is replete with the drama of war, politics, and untold human suffering. Starting in 1755, thousands of French-speaking settlers were expelled from their homes on Canada’s East Coast by a tyrannical British governor with the support of New England troops. While many Acadians returned from exile to establish new communities that thrive today, others made their way to Louisiana and founded the vibrant Cajun culture known around the world.
Now, in a revised and updated edition of the book published to mark the 250th anniversary of first deportations, award-winning author Dean Jobb revisits his dramatic and compelling account of “Le grand dérangement” — immortalized in Longfellow’s famous poem, Evangeline. Jobb brings a cast of characters to life so vividly that the reader is immediately captured by their stories. The richness of detail is remarkable. The quality of writing is cinematic. With thirty images to complement the storytelling,The Acadian Sagais a bridge across the centuries for the descendants of a founding people of this nation, whose courage and resourcefulness still resonate in modern-day Acadie and Louisiana.
Dean Jobb is an award-winning writer and the author of Empire of Deception. It won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize. Dean writes a monthly true crime column for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and he is a professor of journalism and a member of the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Program at the University of King's College in Halifax.