The Guyettes

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Under what conditions did you or your family (descendants) enter the US? The Guyettes, who are originally from France, moved to Quebec, Canada to take advantage of the inexpensive land. Several generations later, my grandmother’s parents immigrated to the United States to escape the few educational and employment opportunities. According to my paternal grandfather, the Gunthers, who are originally from Germany, moved to the United States to escape the requirement to join the military. Serving in the German military meant being paid four cents a day and living in terrible conditions. In order to escape that requirement, my descendants left Germany to come to America. The Nighs, formally the Neighs, emigrated from England to America. My father …show more content…
If any Germans were mentally disabled, physically disabled, were homosexual, black, Gypsies, Jewish or spoke out against the Nazi Party, they would be forced into a concentration camp. Germans would be oppressed by their own people. England has an extensive history of oppression. One good example of this is the relationship between England and Ireland. There is a long history of this struggle and it can be seen even today in the conflicts between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Another example of England oppressing another country was when the French settled in Quebec during the exploration period, but the English stole the control of the province, leaving the French-Canadians to feel oppressed by the English-Canadian regions. Throughout history, French-Canadians suffer from oppression. For example, when they moved to other regions of Canada and also to the United States, they were forced to abandon their language because French was not widely spoken. This could have led to a feeling of being oppressed because they couldn 't use their native language. They were forced to conform to the other languages that surrounded them, which forced them to lose an aspect of their original …show more content…
I think these stereotypes derive from World War II. Living in Vermont, I have grown up hearing a lot of French-Canadian stereotypes. Some of the most common ones that I have heard are that they all smoke, they are awful tippers in restaurants, they are never content and complain way too much. I have no necessarily found those to be true, but many Vermonters believe this about French-Canadians. Some well known stereotypes about the English are that they love alcohol and get drunk often, which I think derives from the number of pubs in the United Kingdom. Another stereotype is that everyone has great manners and are very elegant, which is probably given because the King and Queen of England always are portrayed with such sophistication and class.
What prejudices or stereotypes does this group have about other groups? (Be as specific as you

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