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The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind - Thomas Paine
Industrialization, immigration, religious strife and the Franco-Americans
Americans don't think of Canada as a source of potential terrorists - but when a million French-Canadians crossed the border between 1840-1930, they were cast as foot soldiers in an alleged Roman Catholic plot! A Distinct Alien Race places these Franco-Americans in the context of contemporary issues. David Vermette's social history exposes the anti-Franco-American agitation of Protestant clergy, the Ku Klux Klan, and the eugenics movement.
"They are kept a distinct and alien race, subject to the Pope in matters of religion and politics." - 1889
What we are reading:
Lynn: Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
Ileshea: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Donna: Hester by Laurie Albanese
What:At Home: A Short History of a Private Life by Bill Bryson
Where: Morse Library in beautiful Greene, Maine
When: January 8, 2024
Why: Fun, Friendships, a Fabulous read
Wars, famines, the Industrial Revolution, the Enlightenment - they are all there in your sofas and chest of drawers, tucked into the folds of your curtains, in the downy softness of your pillows, in the paint on your walls and the water in your pipes. Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up.