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|Postcards from Acadie: Grand-Pre, Evangeline & The Acadian Identity|
Barbara Le Blanc
2003 / History / $31.95
9781894031691 / Trade paper / 208 pp
In Postcards from Acadie, Barbara Le Blanc explores the cultural and symbolic resonance of the Grand Pr National Historic site. Settled in the 1680s, Grand Pr was one of the loci for the Acadian deportation in 1755. From the settlement and deportation of the early Acadians, to the mass marketing of the Dominion Atlantic Railway and the federal reshaping as a National Historic site, Grand Pr has served "as a historical clue, a focal point, a catharsis, a catalyst, and a motivator, both for Acadians and for others." Excavating the political and cultural symbols that have shaped Grand Pr, Le Blanc explores the ways in which we negotiate personal and group identity. In Acadian endeavours to direct and control a sense of identity in a changing world, Grand Pr plays a significant role by serving as a place of heritage commemoration and celebration - of past, present, and future.
With an engaging and easy-to-read style, Le Blanc excavates the political and cultural symbols that have shaped Grand-Pr and explores the ways in which we negotiate personal and group identity. Atlantic Books Today