A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland
"Altogether superb; a worthy memorial to the victims of two and a half centuries past."--Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewIn 1755, New England troops embarked on a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the neutral French") from Nova Scotia, killing thousands, separating innumerable families, and driving many into forests where they waged a desperate guerrilla resistance. The right of neutrality; to live in peace from the imperial wars waged between France and England; had been one of the founding values of Acadia; its settlers traded and intermarried freely with native Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. But the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown in the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had long coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense enough to launch a campaign of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. John Mack Faragher draws on original research to weave 150 years of history into a gripping narrative of both the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to destroy it.
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A GREAT AND NOBLE SCHEME: The Expulsion of the French AcadiansUser Review - Kirkus
Frontier historian Faragher (Daniel Boone, 1992, etc.) sheds new and revealing light on a shameful campaign of 18th-century ethnic cleansing.Apart from Longfellow's Evangeline and The Band's song ... Read full review
A great and noble scheme: the tragic story of the expulsion of the French Acadians from their American HomelandUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Faragher (history, Yale Univ.; Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer ) here looks at the history of the French Acadians from the early 1600s to today. He follows the development of ... Read full review