Americans don’t think of Canada as a source of potential terrorists—speaking a foreign tongue, serving a foreign religion, and invading their country. But when nearly a million French-Canadians crossed the border between 1840 and 1930, many seeking work in New England’s burgeoning textile industry, elements in the public sector, press, clergy, and academia cast them as foot soldiers in an alleged Roman Catholic plot to subvert the New England states.
Vermette, author of the book A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco- Americans (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2018), will discuss how the U.S. mainstream perceived French-Canadians when they were an immigrant community in New England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
When: May 6, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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