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Book Signing with William J. Jennings Jr.

Author and Historian William J. Jennings, Jr. will visit the Museum Store July 19 from 12-6 p.m. to sign copies of his recently published book, Aboard The Fabre Line to Providence: Immigration to Rhode Island.

About the Book

In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934. Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around eleven thousand new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business. However, both the line and the families hoping for a new life faced major obstacles in the form of World War I, the immigration restriction laws of the 1920s, and the Great Depression.

In Aboard The Fabre Line to Providence: Immigration to Rhode Island, authors Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. chronicle the history of the Fabre Line and its role in bringing new residents to the Ocean State.