Lecture Theme: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts Maine's French Speakers in the 1920s
Dr. Richard received a Ph.D. in history at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) in 2001 and a master's degree from the University of Maine in 1994.
He is currently professor of History and Canadian Studies at State University of New York, College of Plattsburg (New York). Previously, Richard served as assistant professor of social studies of education and social sciences at UMFK.
Dr. Richard is working on a book-length manuscript, Not a Catholic Nation: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts New England Catholics in the 1920s, which is under review by a university press. Not Foreigners but Americans: A Case Study of French-Canadian Descendants in Lewiston, Maine, will be published by Je Me Souviens, a publication of the American-French Genealogical Society.
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