As was the custom, Elie Poulin gave his first son, Denis, a farm in the hamlet of Saint Joseph de Beauce. As Denis builds a solid farming life for his growing family, the economy of Canada plunges into a decades-long depression that robs every forward-step that Denis takes. Everyone in Quebec is affected as thousands of Quebecois slowly flee for the rising Industrial Revolution in the U.S. In one month, new immigrants earn the equivalent of one years’ wages back in Canada. This talent drain hurt Canada as many families starved to death from simple overpopulation while others broken apart – the very fabric of French-Canadian culture was ripped in two.