The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2013

Publication of Another City Upon a Hill by Joseph Conforti

Another City Upon a Hill: A New
Another City Upon a Hill: A New
England Memoir
by Joseph A. Confort

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Another City Upon a Hill: A New England Memoir by Joseph A. Conforti, a searching portrait of a city battered by the collapse of the textile industry woven into a spirited coming of age story.

This gripping memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England place—Fall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America. Growing up, Joseph Conforti’s world was defined by rolling hills and granite mills, and forests of triple-deckers. Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. Paralleling this personal account, Conforti shares his family’s story of three generations of Portuguese and Italians making their way in a once mighty textile city.


“An expert historian’s wonderfully honest memoir of growing up in Fall River, ‘the city of hills, mills, and dinner pails.’ It’s an authentic American story, beautifully told.” —Gordon S. Wood, Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Radicalism of the American Revolution“.

Conforti has written a marvelously engaging memoir of self-discovery and the making of a historian. By exploring and coming to terms with his roots in a New England mill city, he tells a story that is quintessentially American. Always aware of context, from his boyhood in Fall River in the 1950s to his young adulthood in the 1970s, Conforti treats the reader to often brilliant and sometimes humorous insight into the ethnic cultures of New England, its industrial and Yankee past, its post-industrial present, and its sometimes seedy politics.” —Ron Formisano, author of The Tea Party: A Brief History and Boston Against Busing: Race, Class and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s.

Conforti will be signing copies of Another City Upon a Hill at the Fall River Historical Society, 451 Rock St., on Sunday, September 15 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Book talks and signings will also take place at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. and at the UMass Lowell Conference Center on November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Joseph A. Conforti is Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Emeritus at University of Southern Maine. He is the author of five books, including Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America and the acclaimed Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-twentieth Century.

Another City Upon a Hill: A New England Memoir is volume 22 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.