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Episode 8: The Power of Nostalgia


In the Slatersville of the 1950’s, there were four distinctive groups of people.  First, there were the Protestants who were the managers of the mill, and they lived in the nicest houses.  Then there were the immigrants of French-Canadian and Azorean Portuguese descent.  These were the laborers who lived in the tenement houses.  While mill employees ran fundraising causes for the less fortunate, their lives outside of its walls were broken down by social barriers.  Then there were the Curliss’s, the only family of Native and African American heritage that had called the village home since the Civil War. With the town's caucasian population, the segregated worlds of classism, religion and race are explored in this powerful chapter.    

(75 minutes)

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