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The 14th Amendment in Franco American Life

In 1938, Claudia Breton Emond was arrested in Biddeford, Maine and deported to Thetford Mines, Canada, the town she had left in 1927. Her daughter, Thérèse, born in Thetford Mines during a two-week vacation there, was deported when she was nine in 1939.

Following the passage of the 14th Amendment, the United States increasingly made distinctions between citizens and non-citizens, between those who had a right to be here and those who, without that right, could be deported.

This panel of scholars will explore questions of citizenship and the Franco American experience providing a local example from which to think about current issues in American life.

Patrick Lacroix, Dissertation Fellow at University of New Hampshire

James Myall, Co-author of “The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn” and blogger on Parlez-Vous Franco-American

David Vermette, Independent researcher, writer and blogger on French North America

28, September 2016

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. • Franco American Centre

A light lunch provided

Funded by the Maine Humanities Council and Franco American Programs


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Franco American Studies
5742 Little Hall, Room 213
Orono, Maine 04469-5742
Phone: (207) 581-3791 | Fax: (207) 581- 1832E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469