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Boston’s Immigrants, 1790–1880

Boston’s Immigrants, 1790–1880

A Study in Acculturation, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface by the Author

Oscar Handlin

ISBN 9780674079861

Publication date: 10/18/1991

As fresh today as when it was 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: peasant 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.

Praise

  • This book has helped raise this field of American studies to a high level of distinction and satisfaction.

    —Nathan Glazer, New Leader

Author

  • Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, was Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was the editor of This Was America.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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