A Great and Noble Scheme by John Mack Faragher
The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland

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"Altogether superb; a worthy memorial to the victims of two and a half centuries past."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review


In 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.
 

About John Mack Faragher

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John Mack Faragher is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History at Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail, for which he received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, and the acclaimed Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie.
 
Published February 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 592 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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“Intermarrying with the native Míkmaq people of the region,” Faragher writes, “the Acadians forged an ethnic accord that was exceptional in the colonial settlement of early North America.” In part out of deference to their independence-minded native kin and in part to keep out of harm’s way, the ...

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The Acadians staked out a middle position, declaring themselves "neutral French" who would abide by French or English laws, whichever happened to apply, but would not take up arms against anyone.

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