The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois – Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

Book Cover for The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum IlinoisWHAT: The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois By Prof. David J. Langum
5:00 PM, Thursday, March 4, 2010
Prince Henry Society Reading Room, Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives – Claire T. Carney Library

This presentation by Prof. David J. Langum highlights a unique and little-known chapter of Portuguese-American history and, to a large degree, is the result of a search for his Portuguese roots.

Based on his book “António de Mattos and the Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois,” the lecture tells the story of the origins, movement, settlement and the community formed by this unusual group of Protestant exiles from Madeira who first arrived in central Illinois in 1849 by way of Trinidad.

David J. Langum, an attorney, legal historian, and professor of law, is a descendant of António de Mattos, who was the first permanent pastor of the Madeiran community in Illinois. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and the recipient of the J.S. Holliday Award, the James Willard Hurst Prize, and the Caroline Bancroft Prize. Currently, he is a research professor at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.

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For more information:
Contact: Gloria de Sá, Faculty Director Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
Phone: 508-910-6888