Lewiston's waves of immigration


Wedding party, Lewiston, 1897

Wedding party, Lewiston, 1897
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Franco-American Collection

It was illegal to speak French in public schools in Maine starting in 1919, so living in exclusively French-speaking environments like Lewiston became a challenge for the Franco-Americans. Parents who wanted their children to have an alternative to factory work saw English language, and the ability to move out of Little Canada, as the means of social advancement.

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