Synopses & Reviews
A Journey through Boston Irish History, the first comprehensive photographic record of Boston's most conspicuous immigrant group, is the fruit of years of tireless research by prize-winning author Dennis P. Ryan. Within these pages are rare and handsome images unearthed from innumerable local libraries, historical societies and museums, parish rectories and Catholic charitable institutions, the archives of religious congregations, major Boston and diocesan newspapers, private family collections, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Beginning with the horrifying famine of the 1840s in Ireland and concluding four generations later with the election of John F. Kennedy as president, A Journey through Boston Irish History is a sweeping, poignant portrait of the children of the Gael and the city they transformed politically, socially, and culturally. Ryan takes us through the corridors and wards of hospitals and orphanages that were established by the Irish to care for their own. Powerful images supplied by the Mathew Brady Collection at the Library of Congress recount the exploits of the celebrated Massachusetts Ninth Irish Regiment during the American Civil War. Within these pages, we are also invited to discover the vibrant personalities of pugilist John L. Sullivan, William Henry Cardinal O'Connell, as well as the irrepressible Mayor James Michael Curley.
About the Author
Dennis P. Ryan first came to know Boston as a young Western Union boy in the 1950s. After a tour in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, he received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Massachusetts. The author of Beyond the Ballot Box: A Social History of the Boston Irish, 1845-1917, Ryan has lectured throughout the United States and Canada on the Irish experience in America and has recently served as a consultant to a major television documentary on the Boston Irish.