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Built on Family: The Little Italy of Portland, Maine
     

Built on Family: The Little Italy of Portland, Maine

by Jamie E Carter Logan
 
Portland, Maine is currently in the midst of a redevelopment that is reshaping the city and the way it is viewed throughout the country. One of the neighborhoods that is experiencing that shift is the India Street area, formerly known as Portland's 'Little Italy.' From immigration in the 19th century through to urban renewal in the 1960s, the area was the first

Overview

Portland, Maine is currently in the midst of a redevelopment that is reshaping the city and the way it is viewed throughout the country. One of the neighborhoods that is experiencing that shift is the India Street area, formerly known as Portland's 'Little Italy.' From immigration in the 19th century through to urban renewal in the 1960s, the area was the first destination and primary home for generations of Portland's Italians.

The cultural study that is presented in "Built on Family: The Little Italy of Portland, Maine," establishes the historical importance of the neighborhood as the home of families who came to shape the Portland of the later 20th Century, and whose stores, businesses, and families are still active in the city today.

"Built on Family" covers the physical neighborhood, the importance of the local Church, the immigration patterns, home life, and the establishment of businesses. It traces how family and kinship were present in all activities - a trait brought over from Italy and not distinct from other Italian settlements in the United States.

With personal interviews conducted by the author intermingled with census research and photos, the book uses humorous and touching stories to bring historical data to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781518893476
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/08/2015
Pages:
134
Sales rank:
643,413
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Carter Logan is a descendant of an immigrant family who lived in Portland's Little Italy. Growing up, she heard stories about the area during Sunday dinners at her grandparents' house, attended family celebrations at the now-defunct Village Café on Newbury Street, and attended the annual St. Peter's Bazaar. She was born and raised in Portland, though now lives in Augusta, and is committed to ensuring the rich history of this neighborhood is not lost as Portland rapidly grows and changes.

Jamie holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Maine Studies from UMaine.

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