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Loyal But French: The Negotiation of Identity by French-Canadian Descendants in the United States

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By focusing on patterns of immigration and acculturation in a small industrial city in the northeastern United States, Mark Paul Richard offers a noteworthy look at the ways in which French-Canadians negotiated their identity in the United States and provides new insights into the ways in which immigrants "Americanize."

     Richard’s work challenges prevailing notions of "assimilation." As he shows, “acculturation” better describes the roundabout process by which some ethnic groups join their host society. He argues that, for more than a century, the French- Canadians in Lewiston, Maine, pursued the twin objectives of ethnic preservation and acculturation. These were not separate goals but rather intertwined processes. Underscored with statistics compiled by the author, Loyal but French portrays the French-Canadian history of Lewiston, from the 1880s through the 1990s, in this light.

    With a wealth of data, the insights of a professional historian, and the sensitivity of a "local," Richard offers a new conceptualization of ways that immigrants become "Americans."

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Richard (history and Canadian studies, State U. of New York- Plattsburgh), a native of the area and a French-Canadian descendant, provides a study of French-Canadians in Lewiston, Maine, and how they retained their ethnic identity while acculturating to American society. He chronicles their history from 1850 to 2007 and how they preserved French language and traditions and Roman Catholicism. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Richard’s work challenges prevailing notions of "assimilation." As he shows, “acculturation” better describes the roundabout process by which some ethnic groups join their host society. He argues that, for more than a centry, the French- Canadians in Lewiston, Maine, pursued the twin objectives of ethnic preservation and acculturation. These were not separate goals but rather intertwined processes. Underscored with statistics compiled by the author, Loyal but French portrays the French-Canadian history of Lewiston, from the 1880s through the 1990s, in this light.

About the Author

Mark Paul Richard is the associate director of the Center for the Study of Canada/Institute on Quebec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870138379
Author:
Richard, Mark Paul
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Americanization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Richard’s work challenges prevailing notions of "assimilation." As he shows, “acculturation” better describes the roundabout process by which some ethnic groups join their host society. He argues that, for more than a centry, the French- Canadians in Lewiston, Maine, pursued the twin objectives of ethnic preservation and acculturation. These were not separate goals but rather intertwined processes. Underscored with statistics compiled by the author, Loyal but French portrays the French-Canadian history of Lewiston, from the 1880s through the 1990s, in this light.
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