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Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

American Citizenship Award
Presented to Margaret C. Smith
By the Golden Slipper Club
February 9, 1956

2002 Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest Flyer

2015 Essay Contest Flyer(PDF)


Although a nation of immigrants, we currently find ourselves sharply divided by immigration policy. Like most Americans, Margaret Chase Smith believed in the ideal of the melting pot. Her maternal grandfather was born in Quebec and immigrated to Maine in the mid-nineteenth century. As Margaret Chase Smith entered public life, immigration policy was marked by the rigid national ethnic quotas of the 1920s, followed by economic concerns about employment competition during the Great Depression of the 1930s and fears of foreign infiltration and Communist subversion during the 1940s and 50s. Against this historical backdrop of alternating cycles of welcome and wariness toward foreigners, the Margaret Chase Smith Library invites Maine high school seniors to weigh in with their opinions about what current United States immigration policy should be in the twenty-first century.

Thanks to generous support from the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, prizes are $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and five $50 honorable mention prizes. Essays are due by April 1, 2015. Awards will be announced on May 1st. For sample essays and a list of past contest winners, click here. For more information, please contact John Taylor.

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