"Images of America: Franco-Americans of Maine" is a photographic essay with historic narrative describing the Franco-American experience during the 20th century, published by Arcadia Press.
Many of the book's 1,000 photographs have never before been published. For Hendrickson, the book is a logical extension of his interest in the Franco-American culture. In 1980, he wrote a descriptive history with first-person interviews of Maine's Francos, "Quiet Presence: The True Stories of Franco-Americans in New England," published by Guy Gannett Publishing Co. of Portland. "Franco-Americans of Maine" is an informative and sometimes bittersweet pictorial history. Each black-and-white photograph is a quality reprint, with captions including the names of those depicted and the dates and places where the photographs were taken. Photographs are from nearly every town in Maine where Franco-Americans lived and worked. Franco-Americans love parades. Among the many parades pictured is one with Le Club Passe-Temps Drum and Bugle Corps, photographed marching in the snow in a 1948 parade in Lewiston's Kennedy Park. (Of course, the vintage cars photographed in the parades were not antiques when the pictures were taken.) Photographs are plentiful of hard-working Franco-American men and women in the mills where they provided badly needed labor during Maine's 20th-century industrial expansion.
A rare look at the oppressed immigrant experience is included. Two pictures commissioned by the U.S. Congressional Committee on Child Labor and Farm Labor reflect the dark side of the Franco-American working experience, says Hendrickson. Hendrickson sections the book into Franco-American family life, work history and culture. Franco-Americans and Acadians in the St. John Valley are showcased. Paperback 128 pages