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Thread #56224 Message #877985
Posted By: JedMarum
29-Jan-03 - 06:40 PM
Thread Name: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
Subject: RE: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
Yes Q - to be sure, your comments sound most appropriate. The rival immigrant group working the Fall River mills were Portugese. I am sure the two groups had unpleasant names for one another! The Irish and British Isles immigrants were further divided Catholic and Protestant. I don;t know of any ugly stuff among the groups, but I do konw they stayed within their ethnic communities for a generation or two.
I never understood why there was an Irish Catholic church on one corner and a French Catholic church on the other! Each ethnic community had their own church - of course the English and Scot Protestants were at the top of the heap!
Still - no one's heard it used in a song, eh??