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Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1880: A Study in Acculturation

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With a new preface

As fresh in 1991 as when it first published a half-century ago, Boston's Immigrants illuminates the history of a particular city and an important phase of the American experience. Focusing on the life of people from the perspective of the social historian, the book explores a wide range of subjects: peasants society and the cause of European migration, po
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Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition, 400 pages
Published October 18th 1991 by Belknap Press (first published July 1st 1979)
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Simon Purdue
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: migration, urban
Although this book is naturally somewhat dated and at times problematic in its assumptions and use of language, it nonetheless stands out as a seminal work in the historiography of North Atlantic migration during the 19th Century. Handlin offers a comprehensive history that is of as much relevance to urban historians as it is to scholars of migration, and manages to convey a mammoth amount of groundbreaking research in a compelling and readable way. Any work that at all addresses 19th Century Bo ...more
Boris
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Handlin's 1941 thesis published as a book.
Well researched. Well documented. Extensive footnotes. It's a doctoral thesis.
That said, it's a fascinating and relatively easy read.
If you want to understand how the "Athens of America" of the 1830's turned into the city of racial hatred, segregation, and forced busing of the 1970's, read this book.
Handlin blames the Irish.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Traces the movement of Irish immigrants to Boston over the period of 100 years and their aaculturalization as well as the discrimination.
John Devlin
A sociological study of the Irish that came to Boston
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