French North America in the Shadows of Conquest

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French North America in the Shadows of Conquest is an interdisciplinary, postcolonial, and continental history of Francophone North America across the long twentieth century, revealing hidden histories that so deeply shaped the course of North America.

Modern French North America was born from the process of coming to terms with the idea of conquest after the fall of New France. The memory of conquest still haunts those 20 million Francophones who call North America home. The book re-examines the contours of North American history by emphasizing alliances between Acadians, Cajuns, and Québécois and French Canadians in their attempt to present a unified challenge against the threat of assimilation, linguistic extinction, and Anglophone hegemony. It explores cultural trauma narratives and the social networks Francophones constructed and shows how North American history looks radically different from their perspective.

This book presents a missing chapter in the annals of linguistic and ethnic differences on a continent defined, in part, by its histories of dispossession. It will be of interest to scholars and students of American and Canadian history, particularly those interested in French North America, as well as ethnic and cultural studies, comparative history, the American South, and migration.


Ryan André Brasseaux is dean of Davenport College and lecturer in American Studies at Yale University. Brasseaux specializes in vernacular American music, French North American history, and public humanities. He is the author of Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-Made Music.


Prologue, Introduction: Doomed to Suffer Long, Chapter 1: The Tocquevillian Gaze, Chapter 2: The Cult of Evangeline, Chapter 3: Frenchy's War, Chapter 4: Nous and les autres, Chapter 5: French is Our Black Colour, Chapter 6: Cultural Avengers, Cultural Fatigue, Epilogue: Social Networks, Cultural Trauma, and Memory, Bibliography, Acknowledgements

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