Lewiston's waves of immigration

Canal workers, Lewiston, ca. 1880

Canal workers, Lewiston, ca. 1880
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Lewiston Public Library

The Irish were some of the first non-English, non-Protestant immigrants in Maine, and they paved the way for other groups that followed. Irish people provided much-needed labor in Lewiston’s mills in the 1850s and were generally welcomed during the booming years of the Industrial Age. They also worked construction, digging and laying much of the canal and sewage pipes in the city.

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