Keywords: European immigrants
Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.
Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.
Shaarey Tphiloh was founded in 1904 by immigrants from Eastern Europe. While accommodating to American society, the Orthodox synagogue also has retained many of its traditions.
… an intense level of immigration, first of Irish and other west European workers; then later French-Canadian, east and southern Europeans.
VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) Pew payment receipt, Biddeford, 1806, 1807, 1810Item Contributed byBiddeford…
II. Ripples of change: European exploration & settlement at Winter Harbor Piles of logs along the Saco River, circa 1910Item Contributed…