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Local history, Immigration, Immigrant communities, Generation X, Seasonal employment


Human Ecology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture | Work, Economy and Organizations


SALT. Published by the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Number 50. Four Dollars. “Yelana and Mohammed go to school with children from 25 countries learning a new language in Maine.”


  • 2 Nineteen Pine Street Around the corner from Salt waited a compelling story about a school. We tell it in this issue, challenging negative press about Reiche.
  • 4 Myrtle Myrtle Lowell left home at age 13 to go to work. That was more than 70 years ago. She’s never had time for needlework. “Course not! God almighty! Only the Southern ladies could do that. Not us old crows.”
  • 18 Multilingual School Children Portland’s Reiche Middle School has 120 students in five multilingual classes who speak 22 languages. Some are just learning to say ice cream in English, others are ready for mainstream groups.
  • 33 Working on the Scotia Prince It takes 200 people to keep the Scotia Prince cruising with its 1,300 passengers from Portland to Nova Scotia. Photo essay.
  • 40 Comeback of the Boxers Amateur boxing gains a foothold in Portland as young contenders sweep the Northeast Regional championship tournament.
  • 50 A Home for Wandering Volvos Volvos, babies, dogs. All much at home at Alan Auto in Portland, where wounded cars revive a spotless environment. Photo essay.
  • 58 One Island, Two Worlds At one end, Great Diamond Island has a growing upscale resort community moving into revamped Fort McKinley. At the other end, but a world apart, are the year round cottagers.


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