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For over one hundred years Boston’s West End was one of the main routes through which immigrants from all over the world traveled to a better life. In the World of the Urban Working Class Marc Fried and his associates describe in detail the daily lives and normal routines of the many kinds of people who lived in the West End before its demolition in 1958 for the purpose of urban renewal. The author describes the intricate patterns of social functioning, the causal connections between economic and social conditions, the social order of the community and society in which working-class people live, and characteristic working-class attitudes and behavior. The extensive interviewing of the former residents of the West End provided the primary data which has been integrated with the findings of a wide range of literature on working-class communities in other urban industrial areas. This book provides essential knowledge for understanding the role of the working class community in contemporary societies and for anticipating the impact of social and economic programs on their lives.