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Shane K. Bernard, New Iberia, Louisiana, USA is the author of several books on south Louisiana history and culture including Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History; The Cajuns: Americanization of a People; Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues, all published by University Press of Mississippi; and TABASCO (R): An Illustrated History, distributed by University Press of Mississippi. Bernard lives a short distance from Bayou Teche.


Aided by the vividness of the history he describes, Bernard tells a gripping story, centered on the narrative of the people who live along the Teche. A colonial flood is so bad it swamps the dwellings of the Chitimacha; a Union commander describes the battles for the Teche as the back-alley brawl needed to secure the main-street Mississippi; Jim Crow and successive natural and financial disasters so blight the area's future that its poor residents don't notice the onset of the Depression. . . . The final third or so of the book recounts Bernard's canoe trips covering the whole length of the bayou; this is an extra treat, combining the historian's love of on-this-spot anecdotes with the appreciation of nature that can only come from a self-described 'avid indoorsman' stepping out of his natural habitat.--Country Roads Magazine, November 2017
Bernard has invited his readers to know the Teche better, and in that he very much succeeds. . . . [A]n enjoyable and well-written book that introduces readers to a waterway whose history is 'much more significant than its size would at first suggest.' The maps and images are well chosen and well placed, and the text is well written, well researched, and peppered with interesting anecdotes. Readers with an interest in local history or Louisiana history will certainly welcome this book, but there is a place for it as well on the shelves of readers with a broader interest in southern history or riparian history.--Louisiana History, Spring 2018

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