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Rainbow's End
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Unprecedented in its scope, Rainbow's End provides a bold new analysis of the emergence, growth, and decline of six classic Irish-American political machines in New York, Jersey City, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Albany. Combining the approaches of political economy and historical sociology, Erie examines a wide range of issues, including the relationship between city and state politics, the manner in which machines shaped ethnic and working-class politics, and the reasons why centralized party organizations failed to emerge in Boston and Philadelphia despite their large Irish populations. The book ends with a thorough discussion of the significance of machine politics for today's urban minorities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. The Irish and the Big-City Machines
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. Building the Nineteenth-Century Machines, 1840–1896
  2. pp. 25-66
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  1. 3. Guardians of Power: The Irish Versus the New Immigrants, 1896–1928
  2. pp. 67-106
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  1. 4. The Crisis of the 1930s: The Depression, the New Deal, and Changing Machine Fortunes, 1928–1950
  2. pp. 107-139
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  1. 5. The Last Hurrah? Machines in the Postwar Era, 1950–1985
  2. pp. 140-190
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  1. 6. Machine Building, Irish-American Style
  2. pp. 191-236
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  1. 7. Rainbow's End: Machines, Immigrants, and the Working Class
  2. pp. 236-266
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-304
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 305-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-345
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