Franco-American Life and Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Difference

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A strong sense of unity and tradition frames a fascinating history of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Franco-American community. Author Robert B. Perreault presents this story through compelling vignettes, including the triumphant success of photographer Ulric Bourgeois, the undeniable conflict between the French and Irish immigrants and a colorful profile of book collector and author Adélard Lambert. Featuring vintage images from Perreault’s private collection, this work is a stunning visual narrative of the ...
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Franco-american Life and Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre La Difference

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Overview

A strong sense of unity and tradition frames a fascinating history of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Franco-American community. Author Robert B. Perreault presents this story through compelling vignettes, including the triumphant success of photographer Ulric Bourgeois, the undeniable conflict between the French and Irish immigrants and a colorful profile of book collector and author Adélard Lambert. Featuring vintage images from Perreault’s private collection, this work is a stunning visual narrative of the French-Canadian contributions to local culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596298972
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 813,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1973, Manchester native Robert B. Perreault has worked in various capacities—chief research assistant and oral history interviewer for Tamara K. Hareven and Randolph Langenbach, authors of Amoskeag: Life and Work in an American Factory-City; librarian-archivist of L’Association Canado-Américaine and assistant editor of Le Canado-Américain; freelance writer, public speaker, historical tour guide and photographer—all to promote his hometown’s history as well as New England Franco-American culture. His affiliation with the New Hampshire Humanities Council, first as a project co-humanist and later as a humanist, Humanities-To-Go scholar and book discussion leader, dates back to 1981. His works of nonfiction and fiction, written in French, English or both languages, include five books and more than 150 articles, essays and short stories published in the United States, French Canada or France. He is the author of a French-language novel, L’Héritage (1983), whose setting is Manchester’s Franco-American community. His most recent book, Manchester (2005), is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series. In 1994, the Manchester Historic Association presented him with its Historic Preservation Award for his “Dedication and Commitment to the Preservation of Historic Resources in the City of Manchester, New Hampshire.” He holds a master’s degree in French with specialization in New England Franco-American Studies from Rhode Island College (1981) and is a member of the first graduating class in Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Nonfiction program (2008). Since 1988, he has taught conversational French in the Native Speaker program at his undergraduate alma mater, Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Aurore Dionne Eaton 9

Introduction and Acknowledgements 11

From Québec to Manchester 15

A Tale of Two Women 25

Father of the Franco-American Press 31

One Immigrant's View: Through the Lens of Ulric Bourgeois 37

French v. Irish: Why the Beef? 47

Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious 61

Old Parochial School Days 77

Neighborhood at a Crossroads 95

Quintessential West Sider of Yesteryear 107

Working with His Hands the Franco-American Way 115

A New Life for an Old Favorite: The Innocent Victim 121

Revisiting Eight Thousand Friends 129

Bibliography 135

Index 139

About the Author 143

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