Yearning to Breathe: The Immigrant Experience in Maine
Updated: Dec 22, 2022
Yearning to Breathe: The Immigrant Experience in Maine Fee: $5 Monday, Jan 30 6:00 – 7:30 PM Class by ZOOM
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Yearning to Breathe Free begins with the arrival of the Europeans to what would become Maine and moves through the subsequent waves of French-Canadian, Irish, Swedish, Lebanese, Armenian, Chinese, and East Asian immigrants. Not all immigration to Maine was voluntary, however, and the presentation discusses the importation of African slaves into the state. Yearning To Breathe Free takes a deep look at the tension between the state’s need for labor and its recruitment of immigrants to fill that need, and the suspicion, discrimination, prejudice, and hatred that accompanied immigration. The program ends with a discussion of contemporary immigration to Maine, noting that, in contrast to earlier times, most immigrants coming into the state today are coming as refugees. Instructor: Erica Nadelhaft, Education director for the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine
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