Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian's Journey through Public Memory
Published: May 2009© 2009
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 384 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
384 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in
Between 2004 and 2005, Acadians observed two major anniversaries in their history: the 400th anniversary of the birth of Acadie and the 250th anniversary of their deportation at the hands of the British. Attending many of the commemorative activities that marked the anniversaries, Ronald Rudin has documented these events as an "embedded historian." Conducting interviews and collecting the opinions of Acadians, Anglophones, and First Nations, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie examines the variety of ways in which the past is publicly presented and remembered.
A profound and accessible study of the often-conflicting purposes of public history, Rudin details the contentious cultural, political, and historical issues that were prompted by these anniversaries. Offering an astounding collection of materials, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie is also accompanied by a website (www.rememberingacadie.concordia.ca) that provides access to films, audio clips, and photographs assembled on Rudin's journey through public memory.
'Remembering and Forgetting in "Acadie" is a highly original and path-breaking book. In his important analysis, Ronald Rudin skilfully interweaves first-person accounts of the 2004-5 anniversaries with both archival and interview-derived evidence.' John Reid, Department of History, St Mary's University
'Ronald Rudin's approach to the 2004-5 commemoration is effective and unique, allowing for insights not always revealed from press reports, government documents, or the minutes of committee meetings. Covering a broad range of issues including commemoration, public history, and the experiences of First Nations and Acadians, Remembering and Forgetting in "Acadie" is more than a work of history—in a sense it is like a documentary film where the participants do much of the talking, revealing multiple perspectives to the reader.' Greg Marquis, History and Politics, University of New Brunswick Saint John
- NCPH Book Award awarded by National Council on Public History - (Winner)
- Public History Group Book Prize awarded by Canadian Historical Association - (Winner)