By Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings
In anera while immigration was once at its height, the Fabre Line provided the onlytransatlantic path to southern New England. one in all its most crucial ports wasin windfall, Rhode Island. approximately eighty-four thousand immigrants wereadmitted to the rustic among the years 1911 and 1934. nearly one in 9 ofthese members elected to settle in Rhode Island after touchdown in Providence,amounting to round 11 thousand new citizens. almost all these immigrantswere from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line stored up a brisk and successfulbusiness. even though, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new existence facedmajor hindrances within the type of international warfare I, the immigration restrict legislation ofthe Twenties, and the nice melancholy. sign up for authors Patrick T. Conley and WilliamJ. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the heritage of the Fabre Line and its position inbringing new citizens to the sea kingdom.
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Extra resources for Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence. Immigration to Rhode Island
The winter is coming on,” he said, yet where is “the immigrant shed on the new State wharf—where is that one facility so important to us for the comfort and protection of our passengers? Briefly, if we cannot be assured that it is to be completed by Dec. ”34 The director was further concerned with the facilities for handling freight, the depth of the existing channel and the railroad connections between the new state pier and the New Haven’s planned main line. He reported that the propeller flanges and hulls of the company’s steamers had been scraped in the port’s shallow channel.
From March 2007 through 2013, the Fabre Line Club staged sixty lectures on diverse topics and also held sixty book signings in this conference room to fulfill its cultural mission. Therefore, it is most appropriate that we use such memorabilia to illustrate this book, to which I have added considerable background based on my own histories of Providence and its people during the early twentieth century—the era of the Fabre Line. PATRICK T. CONLEY ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to express our gratitude to those who have aided in the completion of this study.
Typical of the optimism that infected the local business community with the arrival of the Fabre Line from France and the anticipated coming of Canada’s Grand Trunk Railroad was this Providence-centered map, prepared by the Rhode Island Businessmen’s Association. Extravagantly labeled the “Centre of Northern Industries,” Providence was said to have a huge population and market for goods within an eighty-mile radius. ” What a difference a century makes. Sketch from Manual of the Rhode Island Businessmen’s Association, 1912.