Below I list the books I have authored about south Louisiana history and culture. By clicking on the cover art, you
can purchase these books via mail-order from Amazon.com.
Additionally, I list other recommended books about south Louisiana history and culture available from
Amazon.com. These are select books that I frequently consult as source material in my research.
Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History by Shane K. Bernard
This is a 400-year overview of Acadian and Cajun history, aimed primarily at middle-school and high-
school readers (ages 13-18), but it also makes a good primer for adults.
Tabasco: An Illustrated History by Shane K. Bernard
The first and only history of world-famous, 140-year-old Tabasco brand pepper sauce based on
previously untapped documents and photographs from the private McIlhenny Company Archives on
Avery Island, Louisiana.
The Cajuns: Americanization of a People by Shane K. Bernard
Covers the sweep of Cajun history from 1941 to 2001, and as such it's the only book to examine
recent Cajun history in any detail.
Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues by Shane K. Bernard
Explains how teenaged Cajuns (and Creoles) in the gave up traditional Louisiana French music and
started playing rock 'n' roll music.
Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People by Carl A. Brasseaux
A sequel to Founding of New Acadia in which foremost Cajun historian Carl Brasseaux covers the
Cajuns and their ancestors from the Louisiana Purchase to the end of Reconstruction.
Cajun and Creole Folktales by Barry Jean Ancelet
A thorough examination of Cajun (and Creole) folktales by the world's leading Cajun folklorist and
linguist; contains French text, but don't worry! All passages have parallel English translations.
Cajun and Creole Music Makers by Barry Jean Ancelet and Elemore Morgan, Jr. (photographer)
A fascinating look at several individual Cajun (and Creole) musicians, based on interviews with them
by Barry Jean Ancelet; complimented by excellent color photographs by Elemore Morgan, Jr.
Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet et al.
Could have been subtitled Everything You Wanted to Know about Cajuns But Were Afraid to
Ask; actually, it focuses more on fading Cajun folkways than it does on Cajun history or most modern
Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development by Barry Jean Ancelet
Another book by premier Cajun folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet; this short work serves well as an
introduction to the intricate history of Cajun music.
Capitaine, Voyage Ton Flag: The Traditional Cajun Country Mardi Gras by Barry Jean
In my opinion, this is the single best volume about the annual rite of passage that is the rural Cajun
Mardi Gras. (Don't be fooled by the title; the book is in English.)
Founding of New Acadia by Carl A. Brasseaux
The most comprehensive work about the expulsion of the Cajuns' ancestors from Nova Scotia and
their resettlement in south Louisiana, by the world's premier Cajun historian.
A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians
from Their American Homeland by John Mack Faragher
Published in 2005 to critical praise in the national press, Faragher's book has quickly established itself
as the definitive study of the expulsion of the Cajuns' ancestors from Nova Scotia. Faragher delves
deep into archives on both sides of the Atlantic to uncover eyewitness accounts of this, arguably the
most important event in Cajun and Acadian history.
The Kingdom of Zydeco by Mike Tisserand
A terrific book on the history and development of the zydeco music of south Louisiana, as well as a
fine biography of its major pioneers and present-day performers.
Scattered to the Wind”: Dispersal and Wanderings of the Acadians, 1755-1809 by Carl A.
A short but detailed examination of the brutal expulsion of the Cajuns' ancestors from Nova Scotia;
an excellent primer or supplement to Founding of New Acadia, by the same author, as well as to
Faragher's A Great and Noble Scheme.
South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous by John Broven
A must-read for anyone interested in Cajun, zydeco, and swamp pop music, as well as swamp blues.
The author sought out most of the major players in south Louisiana music and interviewed them at
length about their music and its influences. Highly recommended for its excellent use of oral history.
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