Series 1: Family - Quotes



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In this section, we have selected quotes that represent how Black residents in Maine view their family life. The quotes are taken from transcripts of the oral history project “Home Is Where I Make It”: African American Community and Activism in Greater Portland, Maine.” The interview subjects are all native to Maine or are longtime residents of Maine. The original intent of the “Home Is Where I Make It” project was to highlight Black residents’ history and struggle for community in southern Maine in both their formal organizational memberships and day-to-day activities. The interviews, however, unearthed a wealth of rich data related to family forms and functions and provided insight into how Black residents in Maine conceptualize various aspects of family.

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family demography, childhood experiences, children's experiences, impact of Maine on the family, parenting attitudes and behaviors, holidays and family traditions, family challenges


African American Studies | American Studies | Cultural History | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Family, Life Course, and Society | History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Regional Sociology | Rural Sociology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social History | Sociology | United States History

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