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Becoming an American—Why Not?

DL— Stories about immigration and citizenship form the backbone of our great American story as much today as in past times.  My ancestors were among the millions who came here in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Here is an excerpt about becoming an American from We Were Not Spoiled, the memoir of my mother Lucille Verreault Ledoux as told to me. For many more excerpts of my mother’s life, click here.

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My father had not come to the US to stay, but that’s what happened. After working here for a number of years first to support himself and then his growing family and eventually buying an apartment building that was his family’s home, it must have seemed obvious to him that this is where he would spend the rest of his life. So, why not give in to becoming an American citizen? Thinking this way, he was able to make the decision be an easy one. He was a practical man with a lot of responsibilities.

Becoming An American

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One Response to Becoming an American—Why Not?

  1. Karen Douglass March 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

    A good reminder that our immigration issues go way back. I too have Canadian ancestors and I wonder how they handled it. Family rumor is that my great grandfather claimed to have been born in Canada, but a cousin recently found this was not so; he was born in the US. Thanks for the post, Mr. Ledoux.

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