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SHELLEY BARBER is archivist, John J. Burns Library, Boston College. RUTH-ANN M. HARRIS is adjunct professor of Irish studies, Boston College. MARIE E. DALY is director of readers' services, New England Historic Genealogical Society.
"These letters are important for how they open a window on the lives and struggles of famine-era Irish and their immigrant offspring in America, in this case Boston, who stood somewhere between the 'relatively undifferentiated mass of those who barely survived' and 'those who became distinguished major figures.'... This book fills an important niche in the spectrum of studies in the field."