RAINBOW’S END: IRISH-AMERICANS AND THE DILEMMAS OF URBAN MACHINE POLITICS, 1840-1985,
by Steven P. Erie. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1988.
Steven P. Erie’s Rainbow’s End is a major study of Irish-American political organizations in eight cities. Although the focus of Erie’s book is on the forces behind the successes and failures of such powerful figures as Richard Daley, James Michael Curley, David Lawrence, and Pat Nash, and the organizations they built, Rainbow’s End has broad implications for the racial tensions that now characterize every large city in America....
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