Industry brought mills that made paper and textiles to the banks of Maineís great rivers. Soon waves of immigrants of Irish and French Canadian descent showed up at these factory doors with the hopes of securing gainful employment. Despite the cold reception that awaited them from their Yankee brethren, they soldiered on in the face of their churches becoming targets for vandalism and arson. These new arrivals lay the railroad tracks that connected Maine to the important Boston hub in the days leading up to the American Civil War.
Confluence of Arcadia (aka Cajun) and Maritime fiddlers leave an indelible mark on Maine music. Irish and French-Canadian roots are part of the foundation of Maine arts and culture.
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