Synopses & Reviews
As 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.
1942 John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association
Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-362) and index.
About the Author
Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, <>Harvard University. He is the editor of This Was America.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 1991 edition
1. Social Boston, 1790-1845
2. The Process of Arrival, 1790-1865
3. The Economic Adjustment
4. The Physical Adjustment
5. Conflict of Ideas
6. The Development of Group Consciousness
7. Group Conflict
8. An Appearance of Stability
Note on the Statistics of Immigration into Boston
Note to Table 8
Abbreviations and Note on Source