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The Boston Irish: A Political History

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Settling in a city founded by the Puritans, the Boston Irish evolved into one of America's most distinctive ethnic communities and eventually came to dominate local politics. This book offers a history of Boston's Irish community.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Back Bay Books (first published May 4th 1995)
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Andy Marton
May 28, 2015 Andy Marton rated it really liked it
Though this is an academic work, O'Connor writes in an engaging and easily accessible style for anyone interested in this esoteric subject. "The Boston Irish" masterfully charts the roughly 200-year history of the Irish in Boston: from the beginning, where mass immigration started in the 19th century and Irish citizens felt the sting of serious oppression from Yankee citizens, to the rise in population and power, to the Irish domination of City Hall for 100 years, and to the new generation of a ...more
Tim
Mar 02, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
Masterful, engaging, page-turning account of how Irish immigrants rose from derision to lead Boston at the turn of the 20th Century. This book was written by Thomas H. O'Connor, the "dean" of Boston's history; I had the pleasure of taking 2 graduate courses with him, and meeting him for my subsequent thesis. Anyone living in Boston should enjoy this book!
Sdugre
May 07, 2010 Sdugre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too political for my tastes, but interesting nonetheless. Some of my maternal grandparents' traits are explained, and I'll henceforth be referring to them as "two toilet Irish".
Brendan
Jul 06, 2010 Brendan rated it liked it
Still reading this. It is a good history for anyone who is of Irish descent from Boston, or for someone who wants to understand the Irish of Boston.
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