Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of [French Canadian Textile Worker]

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THE FRENCH-CANADIAN TEXTILE WORKER

New Hampshire Federal Writers' Project

#1801

Subject: Living Lore

in New England THE FRENCH CANADIAN TEXTILE WORKER By Philippe Lemay Reported by Louis Pare

"French Canadians from the province of Quebec have worked in the mills of Manchester for a long, long time. There was one as far back as 1833, and for more than 50 years they kept on coming until now we are 35,000 strong, 40% of the entire population of the city. Ours is said to be the largest single nationality group.

I am going to tell you as well as I can the story of the French Canadian textile worker; what brought him here; how he came, lived, worked, played and suffered until he was recognized as a patriotic, useful and respected citizen, no longer a 'frog' and 'pea soup eater,' a despised Canuck. And it's the story of all the French Canadians who settled in New England mill towns. The picture of one French Canadian textile worker and the picture of another are just as much alike as deux gouttes d'eau, or, as we have learned to say in English, like two peas in a pod.

Let me say, first of all, Monsieur, that the current of immigration was strongest between 1850 and the early 70's. Some came before, as you will see, others after, as long as there was no limit by law on immigration, no head-tax nor passport required. In 1871, French Canadians here were strong enough

About this Item

Title
[French Canadian Textile Worker]
Contributor Names
Lemay, Philippe (Author)
Pare, Louis (Reporter)
Created / Published
New Hampshire
Subject Headings
-  Music
-  Life Histories
-  Local History
-  Living Lore In New England
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  French Canadians
-  Textile workers
-  Narratives
-  United States -- New Hampshire
Genre
Narratives
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A718
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Repository
Manuscript Division
Online Format
image
online text
pdf

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The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

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For more on these and related topics, consult the following books:

Chernoff, George and Hershel Sarbin. Photography and the Law, NY: AMPHOTO, 1971. Library of Congress call number: KF2042.P45C44 1971.

Schultz, John and Barbara Schultz. Picture Research: A Practical Guide, NY: Van Nostrand, 1991. Library of Congress call number: TR147.S38 1991.

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Chicago citation style:

Lemay, Philippe, and Louis Pare. French Canadian Textile Worker. New Hampshire. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001099/.

APA citation style:

Lemay, P. & Pare, L. French Canadian Textile Worker. New Hampshire. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001099/.

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Lemay, Philippe, and Louis Pare. French Canadian Textile Worker. New Hampshire. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001099/>.