Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 2014

School

School of Communication

Major

Communication Studies: Journalism

Keywords

Poliani, Lowell, mills, immigrant, Depression

Disciplines

Cultural History

Abstract

The life of Athena Malapanis Theokas provides insight into the world of Greek immigrants in America during the early 1900s. Her own recollections and her family’s memories of her trip to America, her jobs in mills, the Greek community and her family’s struggle during the Depression are described, not simply as a story of one woman overcoming challenges. It is a legacy for realizing that the world of today would not be the same had it not been for those who worked tirelessly to ensure their children had something in their bellies at night. It is a story of how one woman changed the course of history for her family.

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