Immigrant odyssey : a French-Canadian habitant in New England = a bilingual edition of Histoire d'un enfant pauvre /
by Félix Albert ; introduction by Frances H. Early ; translation by Arthur L. Eno, Jr.
1st ed.
Orono, Me. : University of Maine Press, 1991.
ix, 178 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0891010688 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Orono, Me. : University of Maine Press, 1991.
0891010688 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 20-24).
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-06:
The textile manufacturing towns of New England attracted 300,000 French Canadian immigrant workers between 1860 and 1900, employing thousands of men, women, and children in factories. This book is one French Canadian's account of his experiences in the Franco-American community of Lowell, Massachusetts. Published privately in 1909, Felix Albert's memiors were dictated in French, probably to a parish priest. On his arrival in Lowell, Albert instantly found factory work for his older children and then secured a construction job for himself. With money that he and his children earned, Albert established his own business and then diversified by buying lots, building on them and renting them to tenants. Though he suffered reverses both in his business and in private life, Albert maintained a staunch work ethic and a desire for material success. In his introduction F.H. Early argues that "{H}is tragic flaw was that he allowed an understandable desire for economic security to become an obsessional drive for material wealth" Immigrant Odyssey provides the social historian with insights into roles and relationships among immigrant families. General readers. -E. Kuhlman, University of Montana
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