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Defnet, Mary A.; Ducat, Jean; Eggerickx, Thierry; Poulain, Michel / From Grez-Doiceau to Wisconsin : contribution à l'étude de l'émigration wallonne vers les États-Unis d'Amérique au XIXème siècle
(1986)

Foreword,   pp. [5]-6 PDF (481.5 KB)


Page 6

6                                       FROM GREZ-DOICEAU TO WISCONSIN
major event of the Walloon emigrants from birth until their arrival in the
New World.
In fact, we have studied this migration phenomenon underlining two specific
aspects
its causes and its quantitative importance as well as aspects which have
been revealed,
thanks to modem computarized techniques. The book also tries to make a comparison
between those families that left and those that stayed in the village. We
hope this work
will help our American colleagues, either to gather new information about
Belgian
emigrants or to enlarge their knowledge of history. In return, we expect
them to give
us new tracks to follow and new directions to look into. American and Belgian
teams,
working in such a way, will keep alive our national motto ~Lunion fait la
force», a
motto left by our common ancestors meaning ((Unity is strengtlw.
                                                        Jean DUCAT
                                                           President
                                              Belgian American Heritage
                                                    Wallonie-Bruxeiles


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