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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 23, 2005
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
A GREAT AND NOBLE SCHEME
Leading authority on the American Frontier to speak at UL Lafayette
 
Author John Mack Faragher, the leading authority on the American Frontier, will be the first speaker in the Center for Louisiana Studies Lecture Series. Faragher will present “A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland” on March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Griffin Hall auditorium.

The lecture is the inaugural event of the statewide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Acadian expulsion from Nova Scotia and will showcase Dr. Faragher’s recent groundbreaking findings regarding this still highly controversial historical episode. Once an obscure footnote to American history, the Acadian expulsion has recently come under intense scrutiny as scholars have come to realize their expulsion as the most notorious example of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing in North America.

Faragher is a professor of history and director of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. His lecture coincides with the release of his new book, “A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland.”

Following specific Acadian families through the anguish of their removal, Faragher brings to light a tragic chapter in the settlement of America. He also authored “Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer,” “Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie,” “Women and Men on the Overland Trail,” as well as several college textbooks and numerous articles.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Louisiana Studies at 482-6027.
 

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