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December 3, 2018 at 8:31 am

Herald News Writes about Fonseca’s book on Portuguese-Americans in Southeastern New England

James Fonseca, portrait

Dr. James Fonseca

The Herald News (Fall River, MA) writes about a book by Dr. James W. Fonseca in a story headlined “Book penned by New Bedford native paints vivid portrait of Portuguese-Americans in Southeastern New England.”

Fonseca is Dean Emeritus and former Professor of Geography at Ohio University Zanesville. His book is Making History—Creating a Landscape: The Portuguese American Community of Southeastern New England.

Drawing from his personal life and academic expertise, James W. Fonseca paints such a vivid portrait of the Portuguese-American community of Southern New England in his recently released book that readers may begin to imagine themselves strolling through neighborhoods of Fall River and New Bedford where ties to the Old Country are still maintained and concessions to assimilation have come gradually.

“Growing up in the north end of New Bedford and living in a three-decker under my grandparents who immigrated from Portugal, I was always interested in the Portuguese culture I was immersed in,” said Dr. Fonseca, a Dean Emeritus and former Professor of Geography at Ohio University. “Writing this book deepened my appreciation of Portuguese American culture and I learned many things I did not know.”

Read more in the Herald News.

One Comment

  1. Lisa Borges says:

    Hello, I’d like to get in contact with Professor Fonseca. I recently read the article in the Fall River Herald News.

    I am a Fall River native who lives in the DC area. I currently work for a nonprofit in Somerset, MA. Every time I go back I see much of the same possibilities and I love his ideas. I’d love to discuss them with him.


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