Franco-American Collection

Book Reading and Discussion - Joseph Conforti, "Another City Upon a Hill"

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Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
USM LAC Room 170
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James Myall
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This gripping memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England place—Fall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America. Growing up, Joseph Conforti’s world was defined by rolling hills, granite mills, and forests of triple-deckers. Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. Paralleling his own account, Conforti shares the story of his family, three generations of Portuguese and Italians who made their way in this once-mighty textile city, which was also home to many Franco-Americans.

Joseph Conforti is Professor Emeritus of New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

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