The Portuguese in the Americas Series aims to contribute to the growing field of Portuguese-American Studies. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.
Another City upon a Hill
Another City upon a Hill
A New England Memoir
Joseph A. Conforti

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2013 . 224 pp . 10 illus. (2 color) 6 x 9"

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-56-6
$18.99 Ebook, 978-1-933227-57-3


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, granite mills, and forests of triple-deckers. Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. Paralleling his own account, Conforti shares the story of his family, three generations of Portuguese and Italians who made their way in this 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 ofThe 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 HistoryandBoston Against Busing: Race, Class and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s

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