Collection Coordinator James Myall testified before a State of Maine Legislative Task Force on Franco-Americans September 26, presenting statistical information on Franco-Americans gathered from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
Myall's findings dispelled several preconceptions of Franco-Americans that are based on historical facts that are no longer true. For example, Francos are no more likely to work in manufacturing jobs than non-Francos. Nor are their families significantly larger than those of non-Francos. However, the historic effects of discrimination and a lack of confidence in Maine's largest ethnic group are reflected in lower rates of college attainment among Franco-Americans in Maine.
The report also suggested that traditional elements of Franco identity, such as the French language, and the Catholic church, are in decline.
The original report to the task force is available here (PDF).
Read more about the report and the task force at the Bangor Daily News Website (opens in new window).
Learn more about the work of the task force at the Maine State Legislature's website (opens in new window).
The third of four meetings of the task force, is set for Wednesday, October 24th at the University of Maine in Orono.