Venom and Laughter: A Colleen Copes with Anti-Irish Prejudice

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The mid-1800s were years of unrest, foment, and violent ethnic and racial prejudice. Outwardly peaceful Connecticut towns were no exception.

Irish immigrants were castigated as a lowly race. They faced hateful venom with courage and laughter, becoming significant contributors to American culture.

The authors vividly describe this little known facet of our countrys history, which included torture and murder.

 

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Contents

Yankee Perdition
1
The Honeymoon Is Over
13
Newcomer Vignettes
24
Holiday Cheer
33
The Hill
43
Helping the Needy
53
Close Call
61
Shamrock Laughter
68
Commencement
145
Love Explored
155
Hate Unbridled
162
Coping Strategies
176
Baby Talk
179
Star Spangled Snake Oil
183
Prosecution
193
Defense
207

Hilltop Escapade
78
Deluge
83
A Rigid Heart
96
RedHaired Newcomer
105
A Chance Encounter
109
Rippling Pond
115
Au Revoir Seymour
122
Death Reined In
128
A Farmers Wisdom
133
A Wanderer Returns
140
Baffling Blaze
222
Three Year Montage
235
Golden Return
239
Christmas Dinner
247
White Stag
254
Venom and Laughter
263
Appendix 1
269
Appendix 2
273
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About the author (2012)

Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972) wrote poetry from age four to seventy-nine, publishing four poetry anthologies. A graduate of Vassar, she also wrote historical novels and books on California history.

Her son, Paul Altrocchi, earned his AB and MD from Harvard and graduated from Columbia’s New York Neurological Institute. A Professor at Stanford, he later practiced neurology in Palo Alto and Oregon, taught throughout the Third World and published seven books on the Shakespeare authorship question.

Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972) wrote poetry from age four to seventy-nine, publishing four poetry anthologies. A graduate of Vassar, she also wrote historical novels and books on California history.

Her son, Paul Altrocchi, earned his AB and MD from Harvard and graduated from Columbia’s New York Neurological Institute. A Professor at Stanford, he later practiced neurology in Palo Alto and Oregon, taught throughout the Third World and published seven books on the Shakespeare authorship question.

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