Interpretation of Franco American presidential voting behavior in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island previous to 1962. Takes into account wavering levels of ethnic solidarity, changes in economic class position, religious affiliation, and other historical contexts. Ultimately predicts the demise of "any such political phenomenon as the 'French vote.'"
Profile of the life, training, and works of expert Maine-based fiddler, Don Roy. The musical traditions in which he seats himself, and the attention he has brought to contemporary fiddle playing through public performance. The author's critique of models of cultural sustainability, cultural preservation industry, and other institutions through the example of Roy's pursuits, his community music project, "Fiddle-icious," and through his "inherited sense of music as a participatory activity" (36). Summary history of Franco American immigration and subsequent communities in southern Maine. Contains segments of interviews with Don Roy and Cindy Roy, among others.