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- DescriptionFor decades, Portland, Maine, was the closest ice-free port to Europe. As such, it was key to the transport of Canadian wheat across the Atlantic, losing its prominence only after WWII, as containerization came to dominate all shipping and Portland shifted its focus to tourism. Michael Conlly offers an in-depth study of the on-shore labor force that made the port function from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. He shows how Irish immigrants replaced and supplanted the existing West Indian workers and established benevolent societies and unions that were closed to blacks. Using this fascinating city and these hardworking longshoremen as a case study, he sheds light on a larger tale of ethnicity, class, regionalism, and globalization.
- Author BiographyMichael C. Connolly, a native of Portland, is professor of history at Saint Joseph's College of Maine. He is the editor of They Change Their Sky: The Irish in Maine.
- Author(s)Michael C. Connolly
- PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
- Date of Publication15/05/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleNew Perspectives on Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology
- Place of PublicationFlorida
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Florida
- Content Note35 b/w illustrations
- Weight585 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Series Edited byJames C. Bradford,Gene Allen Smith
- Foreword byJoseph Brennan
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