The Boston Irish: A Political History

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Northeastern University Press, 1995 - History - 363 pages
According to Thomas O'Connor, Irish political dominance in Boston grew out of generations of bitter and unyielding conflict between Yankees and Irish Catholic immigrants. Unlike the Irish in other American cities, the settlers in Boston encountered a homogenous, long-established Anglo-Saxon population openly hostile toward the Irish and all things Roman Catholic. O'Connor charts the course of the Irish's growing political influence in Boston against the background of this clash between two different cultures. He argues that Irish politicians established a distinct philosophy of government that often shifted from traditional Democratic leadership to local neighborhood populism.

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Subtitled "A Political History" this is the Dean of Boston History's story of the rise of Irish from subjugated minority to political power in Boston. While there is a lot more that could be said of ... Read full review

THE BOSTON IRISH: A Political History

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A solid, if narrow, exploration of the rich intertwining of the Irish and municipal politics in Boston. O'Connor (History/Boston College; Building a New Boston, not reviewed) proceeds from, and backs ... Read full review


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