Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1880 / Edition 50

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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

American Sociological Review
An excellent case study in the great problem of social assimilation. One feature, among others, that stands out clearly is its refutation of the all-too-comforting and popular notion that the American community, local or national, has been able to accept great contingencies of foreign population without experiencing significant and lasting modifications of its own cultural features.
New Leader

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

American Journal of Sociology

Handlin has opened a new field for historical research.
— William F. Whyte

New Leader - Nathan Glazer
This book has helped raise this field of American studies to a high level of distinction and satisfaction.
American Journal of Sociology - William F. Whyte
Handlin has opened a new field for historical research.
American Journal of Sociology
Handlin has opened a new field for historical research.
— William F. Whyte
New Leader
This book has helped raise this field of American studies to a high level of distinction and satisfaction.
— Nathan Glazer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674079861
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Series: Belknap Press Series
  • Edition description: Revised, Enlarg
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 1,372,639
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the 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.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1991 edition

Foreword

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

Appendix

Note on the Statistics of Immigration into Boston

Note to Table 8

Tables

Abbreviations and Note on Source

Notes

Index

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