Soucy will spend his summer conducting research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library on the topic of immigration from Quebec to cities such as Manchester and Lewiston. Soucy explained in his proposal: “My research intends to identify what brought these Canadian immigrants to these New England mill towns, what their view of the ‘American Dream’ was, and their role in the electoral process in Maine and New Hampshire.”
A personal connection led him to choose this subject, as his grandmother emigrated from Canada to the United States and worked in the mills.
Soucy was nominated for the fellowship by Professor Matthew Masur of the History Department and selected by the members of New Hampshire Institute of Politics Academic Advisory Committee (AAC).
“I nominated Eric because he is an inquisitive student who asks incisive questions about the past,” said Professor Masur. “He plans to study the lives of French-Canadian mill workers in Manchester in the early twentieth century, a topic that is relevant to the local history of the region and to the larger field of immigration history.”
The Albert H. Gordon Summer Research Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for one Saint Anselm College student of any major to gain experience that will assist him or her in career pursuits related to public policy and public affairs, including gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.
The fellowship program is made possible through a generous gift by Mr. Albert H. Gordon of New York City, a former principal in the investment-banking firm of Kidder Peabody (now UBS Financial).
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