ERIC Number: ED195451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Dialogue with the Past: Oral History Accounts of Boston's Ethnic Neighborhoods and People.
Hayden, Robert C., Ed.
The document presents ten interviews with ethnically diverse Bostonian immigrants who have been long-time residents of their communities. It is part of the 1978-79 Ethnic Heritage Project for Boston Youth, designed for secondary students. Oral history is used to help students gain an understanding of the development of urban-ethnic neighborhoods in Boston. The interviews are arranged in five sections of two interviews each. An introduction contains historical and cultural background material. Interviewees' ages range from 60 to 98. Section I discusses Boston's Chinese community and focuses on everyday life, politics, employment, and personal immigration history. Section II concentrates on the early Irish American community of Dorchester, particularly the education and religion. Section III deals with the black church in Boston and the interviewees' church-community life. Section IV discusses various groups in East Boston and includes an interview with an Italian American woman and a Spanish American man. Topics include religion, social life, and family life. The final chapter covers Boston's early Jewish community. Interviewees discuss their immigration and the importance of the synagogues. (CK)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Co., MA.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
Identifiers: Ethnic Heritage Studies Program; Irish Americans; Massachusetts (Boston)