Michael S. Martin



Michael S. Martin holds the Cheryl Courrégé Burguières Professorship in History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research and teaching focuses on Louisiana, the US South, and public history. Martin's most recent publications include The Louisiana Experience (as co-author), Creolization in the French Americas (as co-editor), Russell Long: A Life in Politics, Louisiana Legacies (as co-editor), and Louisiana Beyond Black and White (as editor). He is managing editor of the quarterly journal Louisiana History.





10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
Book Talk
Rethinking New Acadia: Recent Interpretations of the Acadians' Dispersal and Arrival in Louisiana

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Rethinking New Acadia: Recent Interpretations of the Acadians’ Dispersal and Arrival in Louisiana :

Rethinking New Acadia presents cutting edge research into and new ways of thinking about the dispersal of the Acadians and their arrival in southwestern Louisiana. This book is required reading for historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in understanding Le Grande Dérangement more deeply than ever before.

Essays include:

"The Expulsion of the Acadians in a Broader Context" by John Mack Faragher (Yale University)

"The Acadian Refugees in France" by Jean-François Mouhot (Les Courmettes, France)

"The Environmental Context: Bayou Teche as the Acadians Found It" by Shane Bernard (McIlhenny Company)

"The Initial Acadian Settlement: A New Look at its Location in the Attakapas" by Donald J. Arceneaux (independent scholar)

"Finding Nouvelle Acadie: Lost Colonies,Collective Memory, and the New Acadia Project" by Mark Rees (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

"Indians, Settlers, and Slaves on a Colonial Frontier: The Acadians among Other Peoples" by Daniel J. Usner (Vanderbilt University)


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