The working people of Boston in the middle of the Nineteenth Century
Schreiber, Henry Marcus
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Pleasantly blending the quaintness of a small community with the bustling activity of a great metropolis, Boston in the early decades of the nineteenth century was a charmingly beautiful city. Considerable of its fame rested upon the exploits of its ubiquitous mariners and brilliant scholars, and upon their achievements Boston made its claim to be the commercial and cultural center of the New World. In every phase of its life--social, religious, economic, and political--the community was ruled by the descendants of venerated Puritan founders who had successfully combined a devotion to God and Trade. Bostonians were scarcely aware of their city's paramount industrial activity, for in truth Boston was the principal manufacturing center in New England. After 1835, especially, the opportunities afforded by its innumerable shops and factories lured thousands of European immigrants and rural New England inhabitants to essay their fortunes in the city. Within two decades the population of Boston had become more European than American, more Irish than Yankee.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University