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Beyond the Ballot Box

A Social History of the Boston Irish, 1845-1917

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In Beyond the Ballot Box, Dennis P. Ryan examines the social experience of the Irish in Boston between 1845 and 1917. He discusses their private and institutional responses to poverty, their education in both public and parochial schools, their difficulties in breaking into businesses and professions, their relations with other racial and ethnic groups, their leisure activities, and their experiences as domestic workers.

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