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Save the date! Oct. 14 1:00 PM Business Meeting 2:00 Speaker
Saturday, October 14 General Membership Meeting
Another Border: French-Canadian Emigration to New England
By David Vermette
Two million New Englanders are French-Canadian or Acadian descendants, and yet they remain among the least known historic immigrant communities. This talk will place these late 19th and early 20th century immigrants in a broad historical context that includes the early French presence in North America; the events after the Civil War that drew French-Canadians to the textile industry in particular; and the little-known story of the opposition and conspiracy-mongering they faced, on a national level, when they arrived.
David Vermette is an author and an independent researcher. He is the author of the book A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans (Montreal, Baraka Books, 2018) and the blog French North America. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian and Time, and he has authored articles and reviews published by Histoire sociale/Social History, Résonance, and Le Forum (University of Maine). He wrote a chapter in the book French All Around Us (New York, CALEC-TBR, 2022), and also contributed to Franco-Amérique: Nouvelle édition revue et augmentée (Quebec, Septentrion, 2017). He is a frequent speaker on the topic of Franco-American history.
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