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IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE

Joseph Preston Baratta, Ph.D.

This work is the lead article in the April 2009 newsletter of the World Citizens Party, Massachusetts Branch. The new party’s goal is to introduce a concurrent resolution in Congress calling for convening a general conference of the United Nations (Art. 109 of Charter) to strengthen the U.N. by granting it some powers of ruling by law. My article addresses the question, Why a party? I answer by recounting the history of efforts to enlist the public in systemic U.N. reform and world federalism.

THE “CHINESE OF THE EAST?”: FRENCH-CANADIANS
IN MASSACHUSETTS

Bruce Cohen, M.A.

This article discusses cultural, ethnic, labor, religious, and political tensions between French-Canadians and Irish Catholics as well as between French-Canadians and various Protestant groups from 1865 to 1930. While the Irish were the first Catholic ethnic group, they fared better than the French-Canadian Catholics, who did not initially speak English and were less interested in the culture of the United States than that of Quebec. Treated in the 1870s and 1880s as transient and cheap labor, the “Chinese of the East,” the French-Canadians gradually moved towards assimilation into the American work force and away from repatriation to Quebec through the Church’s efforts.

 

DIGITAL WORCESTER

Tona Hangen, Ph.D.

A collaborative digital archive of Worcester history from 1800-2000, using the Omeka open-source publishing platform. Students develop projects featuring their own photographs or archival resources in local historical institutions, and digitize those resources to make them text-searchable and available online. Visit it at http://www.digitalworcester.org

 

HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF THE PROGRESSIVE ERA

Peter C. Holloran, Ph.D.

This book, co-authored with Catherine Cocks and Alan Lessoff, was published by Scarecrow Press in 2009.

 

SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: THE 1980S

Peter C. Holloran, Ph.D.

This book, co-authored with Andrew Hunt, was published in 2009 by ABC-Clio Press.

 

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS UNDER ISLAM

Najib Saliba, Ph.D.

This article deals with the treatment of Christians and Jews in the Arab-Islamic State, including Spain (7th-15th century), and the Ottoman Empire (14th to the 19th centuries). The article was published in the fall of 2008 in The Word magazine, the denominational voice of the Antiochian Orthodox Church.


 
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