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Old 02-22-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Bit of history lesson. Before the US Civil War there were communities in south Louisiana where the most spoken language was French. After the US Civil War the Union Army worked to abolish the French language. The Louisiana state constitution was written to make the French language illegal. Teachers from up north were brought in to the schools with the orders to get the kids speaking only English at all cost. My grandparents were part of the generation who suffered at school. For merely speaking French, the only language they ever spoke at home, the students were severely punished. Punishments varied by teacher. Punishments could include paddle, open handed slap across the face, closed fist punch to the gut or face, whipped with a belt, or even getting whipped with a bull whip. As much as they tried to abolish the French language, a few decades later the US Army needed these French speaking people to help out in the WW2 battles in France and Belgium. Though their country didnít treat them well they volunteered to serve their country. They faced ridicule from fellow soldiers because of where they were from and how they talked. In 1964 my dad joined the Navy and not much changed. They ordered him to remove his shoes and socks because they believed Cajuns had webbed feet from living in the swamps. I joined the Navy in 1990 and they believed this was my first time on dry land and wearing shoes. When I became engaged and she told her family I was Cajun her family was going to kick her out their home and out the family believing Cajuns were half black.
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:31 PM
 
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A little disingenuous. Louisiana lost control of its educational institutions because it had seceded from the Union and was part of the Confederate States. While Louisiana was under Union military occupation, the army was not running around beating people up who spoke French -- the Union army was an army of immigrants and had a significant number of soldiers who formed units along national lines and spoke German, French, Hungarian, Polish, etc. In order to rejoin the Union, Louisiana had to submit a new constitution, which included an anti-French language part. The constitution was later re-written and the anti-French clause was removed, but its negative affect had been significant. In the early 1900s the state decided that all public schools should be taught in English.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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A little disingenuous. Louisiana lost control of its educational institutions because it had seceded from the Union and was part of the Confederate States. While Louisiana was under Union military occupation, the army was not running around beating people up who spoke French -- the Union army was an army of immigrants and had a significant number of soldiers who formed units along national lines and spoke German, French, Hungarian, Polish, etc. In order to rejoin the Union, Louisiana had to submit a new constitution, which included an anti-French language part. The constitution was later re-written and the anti-French clause was removed, but its negative affect had been significant. In the early 1900s the state decided that all public schools should be taught in English.
I didnít say the Union Army weíre beating students. I said the teachers they brought in were beating students. Had they succeeded in completely abolishing the French language then they would have been scrambling to find French speaking citizens willing and able to go to war in France.
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