Evelyn Sterne, “Immigration to Rhode Island”

Evelyn Sterne, “Immigration to Rhode Island”

EnCompass, a digital archive of Rhode Island History (2017). “One problem the Irish (as well as later immigrants from other Catholic countries) faced was discrimination on the basis of their faith. Although Rhode Island had been founded on the principle of religious freedom, its Protestants were very concerned about the growing population of Catholic immigrants.”

Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Rhode Island

Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Rhode Island

Kathleen Cloutier, “Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Rhode Island,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2016. “Immigration and refugee issues have seized the public’s attention in recent months. In Rhode Island, which has a sizable immigrant and refugee population, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has been helping newcomers to feel at home—and long-time residents to welcome them—through interaction and an emphasis on positive narratives.”

Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island

Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island

P. Khalil Saucuer, Liberian Immigrants in Rhode Island: The Trauma, the Bliss, and the Dilemma,” 2011. “This paper locates Rhode Island as the hub of Liberian presence in the US and explicates the basis of their concentration in that region. It recognizes the complexity of the dilemma that Liberian migrants face in the US, and silhouettes this against the backdrop of poverty and insecurity of lives and property in Liberia.”

Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship, “Fox Point Oral Histories.”

Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship, “Fox Point Oral Histories.”

Since 2008, Brown University students have worked to preserve and present the cultural heritage of Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood through oral history interviews and public programs. Fox Point borders the Brown University campus, and currently serves as a home to students and staff from the nearby universities, numerous restaurants and upscale shops, and India Point Park… Before the 1960s, however, Fox Point’s residents – primarily first and second-generation immigrant families from Portugal, Cape Verde, and Ireland – labored on the waterfront, worked in local factories, worshipped at the neighborhood’s churches, and managed the corner markets and bars that dotted the area… The Fox Point Oral History project aims to capture these changes through recorded life history interviews with current and former residents, business owners, and others with a stake in the area, preserving memories of community life over the past 70 years.