Vermont's Immigration History

Aug 9, 2016

As debate continues over Syrian refugees resettling in Rutland, we're taking a look at the history of immigration into Vermont. We'll look at waves of immigration into the state throughout the past centuries, and how the pre-existing population has received new Vermonters: Irish, French Canadians, Jews, and more.  And we'll talk about how immigration is tied to internal debates about our identity as a state.

We're joined by historians Vincent Feeney and Jeffrey Potash. Vincent Feeney is author of "Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City" and “Finnigans, Slaters, and Stonepeggers: A History of the Irish in Vermont.” Jeffrey Potash is co-author of “Freedom and Unity: A History of Vermont."

Also on the program: a new paper suggests that the US needs to be doing more to fight the spread of invasive forest pests before our landscape is changed irrevocably. VPR's Jane Lindholm recently spoke with Matthew Ayres, a Dartmouth College biologist who studies the population biology of forest insects. 

Broadcast live on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.