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UMFK Acadian Archives director publishes second book

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Lacroix recently had his book, “Tout Nous Serait Possible,” published by the University of Laval Press.

“This book explores a little-known aspect of Franco-American community life – the issue of political engagement,” said Dr. Lacroix. “Recognizing these communities’ full complexity and local particularities, this study furthers our understanding of French-Canadian culture’s encounter with the civic institutions of the host society. Far from being marginal socially and politically, ‘Francos’ were visible and their presence was felt. Their American journey reveals growing political action and challenges a narrative that focused on the inaccessibility of power and influence.”

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of farming families from the Province of Quebec settled permanently in the United States. They sought to reestablish their social life and cultural institutions south of the international border. The communities they established were not insular; a slow process of social and cultural integration led these immigrants to engage with mainstream American society. They also entered the turbulent U.S. political arena to ensure ethnic representation and protect their distinct interests. Over time, class interests displaced ethnic identity as the primary factor driving voting patterns.

“Dr. Lacroix is a skilled historian and researcher,” said UMFK President Deb Hedeen. “We congratulate him on another successful book release and we are excited to see his future publications.”

The Acadian Archives held a book signing event on Dec. 3. Participants stopped by during that time to chat with Dr. Lacroix about his research or the Archives.

For more information about Dr. Lacroix or the Acadian Archives, go to www.umfk.edu/archives/ or call 207-834-7535.

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