lukegilman.com : High on the Hog Blog
Purveyor of Idle Observation

Icon
Please note: I'm no longer updating this particular blog, but keep it around for archival purposes. Visit me at the current blog at www.lukegilman.com

Long-Scorned in Maine, French Has Renaissance

By: Luke Gilman | Other Posts by
Go to Comments | Be the First to Comment

NY Times Long-Scorned in Maine, French Has Renaissance

Frederick Levesque was just a child in Old Town, Me., when teachers told him to become Fred Bishop, changing his name to its English translation to conceal that he was French-American.

Cleo Ouellette’s school in Frenchville made her write “I will not speak French” over and over if she uttered so much as a “oui” or “non” — and rewarded students with extra recess if they ratted out French-speaking classmates.

And Howard Paradis, a teacher in Madawaska forced to reprimand French-speaking students, made the painful decision not to teach French to his own children. “I wasn’t going to put my kids through that,” Mr. Paradis said. “If you wanted to get ahead you had to speak English.”

That was Maine in the 1950′s and 1960′s, and the stigma of being French-American reverberated for decades afterward. But now, le Français fait une rentrée — French is making a comeback.

Bookmark this Page:
  • e-mail
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • digg
  • Live
  • Furl
  • Ma.gnolia
  • Reddit
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Slashdot

Category: maine

Tagged:

Leave a Reply