WOW! He's back! The lovable rapscallion and favorite son of the village in rural South Louisiana throws his hat into the political arena and shakes up Louisiana politics. THE FAVORITE SON unfolds the continuing chronicle of the Martin family of Ste. Marie and follows the stellar career of the youngest sibling, Simon Martin, the idol of the village. THE FAVORITE SON . . . experience the triumphs and tragedies of the Martins, a very special family with an unforgettable story.
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THE FAVORITE SON vividly illustrates the assimilation of twentieth century American culture into the lifestyle of the French Speaking people of rural South Louisiana during the period between the two World Wars. THE FAVORITE SON is the sequel to CAJUNS OF THE GERMAN COAST and continues the chronicles of the fictitious Martin family of Ste. Marie, a rural hamlet on the west bank of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
At this time in history life in Ste. Marie was insular and uninterested in change. The people resisted every challenge to become as modern as the rest of the nation. Free public education was being touted as the vehicle to bring about the Americanization of the French-speaking people of Ste. Marie. The launching of the free public education system for all children statewide upon the heels of the election of a populist governor sealed the doom of the French language and age-old customs of the region.
THE FAVORITE SON depicts how the people of Ste. Marie acclimated to the materialistic American way of life now pervading their region via the automobile, daily newspaper, radio, railroad, telephone, etc. The transformation of cultures from the old French to the modern American one is reflected in these chronicles of the fictitious Martin family, especially through the stellar political career of the youngest sibling of the family, Simon Martin. Through a cruel twist of Fate, Simon Martin was thrust into Louisiana's political arena as the first elected School Board member from the newly created district (ward) in Simon's parish. He was part of Louisiana's emerging middle class that would now become a threat politically to all the diehards who had controlled Louisiana politics since the Reconstruction Era.
THE FAVORITE SON is thoroughly grounded in history, and paints an unsentimental picture of life in rural South Louisiana during the 1920's and 1930's. It reflects the true picture of what happened to French culture in South Louisiana during the period between the two World Wars.About the Author:
"At age seventy-two Olympe LaReine began writing her book THE FAVORITE SON by hand, a two-year task. She attempted to reveal how the people in rural South Louisiana adopted the cultural changes thrust upon their region when the age of communication appeared upon their horizon in the early twentieth century. Her work is a reflection of her life and times.
Olympe's life parallels that of the development of Louisiana's Public School System. She participated in the educational system from its inception first as a student and afterwards as a teacher until her retirement after thirty-one years of teaching.
After her retirement from the educational fold, Olympe decided to record the changeover of Louisiana French into that of American English. She used the members of the fictitious family she created in CAJUNS OF THE GERMAN COAST, published in 1993."
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Book Description University Editions, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1560027959