The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Recently, I visited and marveled at the rugged coastline and forested beauty of Acadia National Park. Located in the northeastern region of the native state of our well-regarded Mr. Eastman, in Maine, Acadia National Park is where the rays of the rising morning sun, in the winter months, first reach the United States, striking the peak and a few shivering souls atop Mt. Cadillac.
The word ‘Acadia’ sparked a memory of a poem I had read in elementary school, “Evangeline” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet eulogized the young Acadian woman Evangeline’s loss and lifelong search for her love Gabriel. The poem memorializes the actual events of the forced banishment of Acadian peoples by the English to their southern New England colonies.
Not that many miles away and to the east and north of Acadia National Park, is the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. There is Acadia.
In 1927, Senator Dudley J. Le Blanc, a Louisiana native and congressman, and decades-long student of Acadian history, authored The True Story of the Acadians, which must surely be the definitive account of the historic Acadians. His grand daughter M.M. Le Blanc has preserved here his original and second publication, but added some material of her own: a table of contents, some new appendices, a bibliography, and tables of names of Acadians imprisoned at Grand Pré in 1755.
In 1713, France, via a peace treaty, ceded Acadia to England. Henceforth, the Acadians were under the jurisdiction of Great Britain, after which they suffered hardships and eventual displacement from their homes and lands. Their Catholic religion was outlawed, and their colonial presence was unwelcome. True Story conveys in great detail the earliest years of Acadian settlement, the years of deportation and the years afterward, and lengthy details of the people themselves. There is history of the culture, the language, and their religion.
Mr. Le Blanc told the story with sympathetic care and great detail. He transcribed a document with the names of immigrants who left France in 1636 for Acadia; some early censuses; Acadians who participated in the Revolutionary War; numerous places where you can read lists of names in various situations.
But, there is one major flaw: there is no index. A researcher will need to turn every page to look for names. Fortunately, the story is interesting enough that reading through the pages is not a chore.
Except that, formatting could have been better. Reading and comprehension are slow going, as each page is text-heavy with little white space.
But overall, for the Acadian researcher, I think this book would provide plenty of excellent resource material.