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These excerpts from author Tom Malloy's Profiles of the Past discuss Irish and Polish immigrants in towns in central Massachusetts. Although this region was heavily agricultural, significant industrial development occurred in the mid-19th century, encouraged by the extension of railroads through the region. Malloy focuses on the causes of immigration and chronicles the institutions, including churches and benevolent societies, immigrants created. Malloy stresses the distinction between the "old immigration" of the Irish and the "new immigration" represented by the Poles.


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Excerpts from"Profiles of the Past An illustrated history of Ashburnham, Gardner Hubbardston,Templeton, Westminster, Winchendon"

author   Tom Malloy
publisher   Millers Falls Publishing Co.
date   1984
location   Athol, Massachusetts
height   9.0"
width   6.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Books/Book
accession #   #L07.015

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See Also...

"Are We To Be Polanized?" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Courier newspaper

"Aliens in New England" article in Greenfield's Gazette and Courier newspaper

"Irish Immigration" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

"Recalling Irish Muscle that built Mass. Railroads" article from Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper

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