Greeks of the Merrimack Valley

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The Merrimack Valley became home to Greeks after the great immigration to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. After its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832, Greece had inadequate resources for its citizens, which led to much hardship. Many of these refugees came to the Merrimack Valley in search of a better living. They settled in Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell, Massachusetts, or Concord, Manchester, and Nashua, New Hampshire, where they secured jobs in factories and mills. Those who were unable to gain employment in the manufacturing industries went into the service sector; others became self-sufficient, building restaurants, shoe shops, and grocery stores. Although they suffered discrimination because of their distinct language and culture, they were not deterred; instead, they remained focused, went about their activities in peace, and contributed immensely to the socioeconomic development of their newfound home.
ISBN: 9781467125635
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 189
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
E. Philip Brown is a social studies teacher at Haverhill High School, teaching world history and the history of Haverhill. His previous work with Arcadia is Armenians of the Merrimack Valley, which he cowrote with Tom Vartabedian. He is an active member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Acropolis Chapter 39, as well as the Haverhill Historical Commission, Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame Committee, and Haverhill Rotary Club.