Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Joe Conforti gives his first talk in Maine about his recently published memoir, Another City Upon a Hill at the Maine Historical Society on October 17, 2013 at 7:00pm.
Conforti’s newest book is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England place, namely Fall River, Massachusetts. Fall River had once been the cotton cloth capital of America. Conforti, as the son of a Portuguese mother and Italian father, recalls how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. He shares a multi-generational story of these immigrant groups as they made their way into a significant textile city that had fallen on hard times beginning in the 1920s.
Conforti is the author of five books, including Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America and the acclaimed Imagining New England.