Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen by Michael C. ConnollySeated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen by Michael C. Connolly

Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen

byMichael C. Connolly

Paperback | February 10, 2011

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For 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 Connolly 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 hard-working longshoremen as a case study, he sheds light on a larger tale of ethnicity, class, regionalism, and globalization.
Title:Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish LongshoremenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2011Publisher:University Press of FloridaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813037220

ISBN - 13:9780813037226

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