Ancelet, Barry Jean.
The Makers of Cajun Music Musiciens Cadiens et créoles
(Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press), 1984.
Good background information on the history of Cajun music. It contains bilingual interviews with famous Cajun musicians who talk about their music and that of other musicians. It is one of the sources for the student reading selections.
Bauman, Harriet J. and John C. Warner. “The Preservation of a Heritage: A Study of the Acadians”
Cross Cultural Variation in Children and Families
Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, Vol. VI. (53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), 1983.
Good background information and suggestions for activities. This unit can be used with the present unit for a well-rounded study of the Acadians.
Brasseaux, Carl A.
The Founding of New Acadia
(Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press), 1987.
An excellent book! It contains much useful information about the early settlers in Louisiana. The whole book should be read for the quality of its information.
Histoire de la Louisiane
FranCcaise Tome IV (Paris: Presses Universitaires), 1974.
A detailed account of the colonization of Louisiana.
Savoy, Ann Allen.
Cajun Music A Reflection of a People
Vol. I (Eunice, Louisiana: Bluebird Press, Inc.), 1984.
This volume contains a history of Cajun music to the present time, instruments for Cajun music, songs with words and music, and interviews with certain Cajun musicians. Creole and zydeco music are presented also. An excellent book for the study of Cajun music!
Taylor, Joe Gray.
Louisiana A Bicentennial History
(New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.), 1976.
A well-written history of Louisiana from colonial times to the present. For this unit, the most interesting chapters are “Colonial Louisiana: A Study in Failure,” “A Holding Action: Louisiana as a Spanish Colony,” “Louisiana in the American Revolution,” “The Americanization of Louisiana,” and “Recent Louisiana: The Sweep of Change.”
In addition to the books mentioned above, all books in the Student Bibliography are highly recommended for teachers as well. Another source of information is films. Les Blank Flower Films 10341 San Pablo Ave., EL Cerrito, Ca. 94530 is the best source available.