Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
A Little Known History of Discrimination in New England: The Klu Klux Klan Attacks on Franco-Americans in the First Half of the 20th Century- Dr. Angelini will discuss the influx of over one million French Canadians from Quebec, who came seeking positions in New England textile mills and moved into largely English Protestant communities. Many expected to return to Quebec someday and thus remained loyal to their own traditions, culture, and Roman Catholic beliefs. However, some Protestant communities became fearful of these foreigners and formed branches of the Klu Klux Klan which tormented French Canadians from Massachusetts to Maine. At one point, Dr. Angelini states, New England KKK members outnumbered those in the South.
"Dr. Angelini showed two excerpts from the documentary Revéil-Waking Up French during her presentation. More information about the video can be found at wakingupfrench.com.
THIS VIDEO WAS ORIGINALLY TAPED IN THREE PARTS. IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE EXCERPTS FROM THE DOCUMENTARY PRESENTED DURING THE SESSION. Please be aware that the sections have been merged and may seem a little disjointed.
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