The setting of this movie is Boston, Massachusetts. This town is famous for having been a destination of Irish immigrants to the US and for the discrimination against them, and by them, that followed.
- Consult the US census (http:www.census.gov) and find out how many US citizens are of Irish descent.
- Sum up the information you get about the history of Irish immigration to Boston. Pay attention to the problems the Irish community had to face.
- Discuss the role of the Irish in America and the view of American society as a Melting Pot.
Ryan, Dennis P.: Beyond the ballot box: a social history of the Boston Irish, 1845-1917
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1983.
Stack, Jr., John F.: International Conflict in an American City, Boston’s Irish, Italians,
and Jews, 1935-1944. Contributions in Political Science, Number 26,
Greenwood Press, Westport Connecticut, London, England, 1979.
Cobblestone, the History Magazine for Young People, Volume Fifteen, Number Three, March 1994: Irish Americans
Cahill, Robert Ellis: The Old Irish of New England. In: Chandler-Smith Publishing House Presents Collectible Classics NUMBER 10, 1985.