Joe Moakley's Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador [NOOK Book]

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In November 1989 in El Salvador, six Jesuit priests and their two female housekeepers were rousted from their beds and shot as they lay face down on the ground. At first, the George H. W. Bush administration echoed the Salvadoran military’s line that the rebels must have done it. When House Speaker Tom Foley tasked a senior congressman with investigating the murders, the people of El Salvador found an unlikely champion in the person of John Joseph Moakley, representative from South Boston. In Joe Moakley’s ...
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Joe Moakley's Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador

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Overview

In November 1989 in El Salvador, six Jesuit priests and their two female housekeepers were rousted from their beds and shot as they lay face down on the ground. At first, the George H. W. Bush administration echoed the Salvadoran military’s line that the rebels must have done it. When House Speaker Tom Foley tasked a senior congressman with investigating the murders, the people of El Salvador found an unlikely champion in the person of John Joseph Moakley, representative from South Boston. In Joe Moakley’s Journey, Mark Robert Schneider charts one of the most unusual transformations in American politics. A native son of South Boston, Moakley was an effective and influential House member, whose greatest influence and legacy is, paradoxically, far from home in the fields of El Salvador and Central America. Though firmly, fiercely grounded in his hometown of South Boston—he never lived anywhere else—from the beginning of this investigation until his death in 2001, issues of Central American justice, peace, and economic development became Joe Moakley’s cause.
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“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and potatoes” neighborhood politician to human rights crusader. It is basically a political story, and the strength of Schneider’s account comes in its skillful balancing of Moakley’s local loyalties with his international interests.”—Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555538088
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

MARK ROBERT SCHNEIDER is adjunct professor of history at Suffolk University in Boston, and author of African Americans in the Jazz Age, “We Return Fighting,” and Boston Confronts Jim Crow.
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Table of Contents

Preface: A Regular Joe
Acknowledgments
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Southie Was His Hometown
From Curley’s Boston to Kennedy’s America
The Invisible, the Blind, and the Visionary
Moakley versus Hicks
The Man on the Barbed Wire Fence
The Last Days of the Working Class
Into Foreign Lands
A Most Unlikely Hero
The Jesuit Murders
“Wellcom Senador Smoklin”
Death and Resurrection
Return to Santa Marta
Man of the Century
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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