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Seated by the Sea
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword: Portland, Maine’s Longshore Legacy
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xix-xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1. “Delightfully Situated on a Healthy Hill”: The Port of Portland before the Civil War
  2. pp. 6-35
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  1. 2. Black Fades to Green on the Waterfront: Nineteenth-Century Social, Racial, and Ethnic Change
  2. pp. 36-64
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  1. 3. A Mixed Blessing: Portland at the Turn of the Twentieth-Century
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. 4. Lost Strikes and Union Affiliation: Early Twentieth-Century Labor Militancy Alongshore
  2. pp. 84-112
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  1. 5. Apex of the Union and Catholic Hierarchical Influence
  2. pp. 113-140
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  1. 6. Longshore Culture and the Declineof the Port of Portland in the Mid-to Late Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 141-180
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. Appendix A. Portland Town
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Appendix B. Day of the Clipper
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Appendix C. PLSBS Retirement List as of January 1983
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. Appendix D. Oral Histories
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Appendix E. Longshore Nicknames
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. Appendix F. Membership Levels of the Portland Longshoremen’s Benevolent Society
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-242
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-280
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