Utter Strangers: The English and French Language Movements

  • Patricia Peknik


National recognition of the soulful, raucous music of Southwest Louisiana prompted a new regard in Louisiana for the paramount importance of the French language in the state’s history and culture. But because the movement to restore French in Louisiana’s public life was modeled after French Canadian efforts to protect a minority language in a majority English-speaking nation, when the state of Louisiana began to try to reestablish the French language, its efforts focused on the history of French Canadian migrants to Louisiana, and Creoles, who were ancestrally French Caribbean Africans, dropped out of the state’s narrative. The band was broken up. The story was fractured.


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  • Patricia Peknik
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  1. 1.Berklee College of MusicBostonUSA

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