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

Boston s Immigrants A Study in Acculturation With a new prefaceAs fresh in 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 Foc

  • Title: Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1880: A Study in Acculturation
  • Author: Oscar Handlin
  • ISBN: 9780674079861
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a new prefaceAs 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, poWith a new prefaceAs 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, population growth and industrial development, the ideology of progress and Catholic thought, and urban politics and the dynamic of prejudice A generation of students and scholars has profited from its insights, and general readers have enjoyed its lively style A new preface by the author reflects upon the book s intellectual origins.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

    3. Traces the movement of Irish immigrants to Boston over the period of 100 years and their aaculturalization as well as the discrimination.

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