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O'Connor, Thomas H. 1922-2012

Overview
Works: 52 works in 207 publications in 1 language and 7,358 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Miscellanea  Genealogy  Juvenile works  Literature  Trivia and miscellanea  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: E459, 974.461
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Most widely held works by Thomas H O'Connor
Civil War Boston : home front and battlefield by Thomas H O'Connor( )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas H. O'Connor examines the dramatic ways in which the Civil War affected Bostonians on the home front, and discusses how they in turn contributed to the Union cause. The narrative focuses on four distinctive and significant groups of people who formed antebellum Boston - businessmen, Irish Catholic immigrants, African Americans, and women. O'Connor follows the experiences of these people through the turbulent war years to illuminate the unique role that Boston and its inhabitants played in the Civil War, and to assess the impact of the war on the city's civilian population. Rich with colorful anecdotes about local figures, both renowned and long-forgotten, this is a fascinating account that will appeal to Civil War buffs, historians, and general readers alike
Lords of the loom, the Cotton Whigs and the coming of the Civil War by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Boston Irish : a political history by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to Thomas O'Connor, Irish political dominance in Boston grew out of generations of bitter and unyielding conflict between Yankees and Irish Catholic immigrants. Unlike the Irish in other American cities, the settlers in Boston encountered a homogenous, long-established Anglo-Saxon population openly hostile toward the Irish and all things Roman Catholic. O'Connor charts the course of the Irish's growing political influence in Boston against the background of this clash between two different cultures. He argues that Irish politicians established a distinct philosophy of government that often shifted from traditional Democratic leadership to local neighborhood populism
The Athens of America : Boston, 1825-1845 by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How Bostonians fashioned a shining image of their city in the early nineteenth century Many people are generally familiar with the fact that Boston was once known as "the Athens of America." Very few, however, are clear about exactly why, except for their recollections of the famous writers and poets who gave the city a reputation for literature and learning. In this book, historian Thomas H. O'Connor sets the matter straight by showing that Boston's eminence during the first half of the nineteenth century was the result of a much broader community effort. After the nation emerged from its successful struggle for independence, most Bostonians visualized their city not only as the Cradle of Liberty, but also as the new world's Cradle of Civilization. According to O'Connor, a leadership elite, composed of men of prominent family background, Unitarian beliefs, liberal education, and managerial experience in a variety of enterprises, used their personal talents and substantial financial resources to promote the cultural, intellectual, and humanitarian interests of Boston to the point where it would be the envy of the nation.; Not only did writers, scholars, and philosophers see themselves as part of this process, but so did physicians and lawyers, ministers and teachers, merchants and businessmen, mechanics and artisans, all involved in creating a well-ordered city whose citizens would be committed to the ideals of social progress and personal perfectibility. To accomplish their noble vision, leading members of the Boston community joined in programs designed to cleanse the old town of what they felt were generations of accumulated social stains and human failures, and then to create new programs and more efficient institutions that would raise the cultural and intellectual standards of all its citizens. Like ancient Athens, Boston would be a city of great statesmen, wealthy patrons, inspiring artists, and profound thinkers, headed by members of the "happy and respectable classes" who would assume responsibility for the safety, welfare, and education of the "less prosperous portions of the community."; Designed for the general reader and the historical enthusiast, The Athens of America is an interpretive synthesis that explores the numerous secondary sources that have concentrated on individual subjects and personalities, and draws their various conclusions into a single comprehensive narrative
The disunited States; the era of Civil War and Reconstruction by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

19 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hub : Boston past and present by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Revolutionary War to the Big Dig, Boston and its people have played a colorful and often controversial role in shaping the nation's political, economic, and cultural landscape. Now Thomas H. O'Connor, the dean of Boston historians, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through his native city's rich heritage in this long-anticipated history. Filled with local events as well as intriguing characters, this engaging account vividly captures the spirit and soul of Boston, both yesterday and today."--Jacket
Boston A to Z by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boston's preeminent historian takes readers on a tour of the city's past and present. Drawing on lifelong acquaintance as a native son and scholar, O'Connor has assembled a personal, informal, and eclectic series of essays about Boston's people, places, and events. 24 halftones. 1 map
Boston Catholics : a history of the church and its people by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2019 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Placing his account of the Archdiocese within the context of national and regional events, O'Connor discusses Puritan Boston's animosity toward all things Roman Catholic, describes the inevitable clashes between native Bostonians and waves of Irish Catholic immigrants, and examines the rise of Catholics from oppressed minority to influential players in shaping the character of twentieth-century Boston. He also analyzes contemporary problems of ethnic diversity, declining attendance, diminishing vocations, and divisive social issues
Building a new Boston : politics and urban renewal, 1950-1970 by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1950 and 1970, an unusual alliance of government and business interacting with neighborhood groups created impressive physical revitalization in Boston. A city characterized at the end of World War II by a rich history, an undistinguished skyline, urban decay, and no discernible plan for its future, Boston by the end of the 1970s featured a striking silhouette of old and new buildings symbolizing changes that transformed the city into one of America's five most vital and attractive urban centers. But the rejuvenation also produced unintended, frequently contradictory, and sometimes tragic consequences. The multicultural West End was destroyed and many of its residents were displaced. The attraction of new capital, new business, and tourists to the revitalized city wrought damaging social and economic vibrations that continue to this day. This book provides the first comprehensive political history of Boston's renewal and its aftermath. It is a tale principally of the determination of two mayors, John B. Hynes and John F. Collins, and those inside government and the business community who worked with them. It is also the story of community resistance, particularly in the immigrant West End and the predominantly black South End, by those who perceived the original plans as harmful to their communities
Fitzpatrick's Boston, 1846-1866 : John Bernard Fitzpatrick, third Bishop of Boston by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boston's history is closely bound to that of its Irish community. The meeting of Brahmin and immigration was sudden; the potato famine of the 1840s forced thousands of starving farmers to flee to America in the span of just a few years. (By 1854 nearly one-third of Boston's entire population was Irish Catholic.) The suspicious and overtaxed community resented this intrusion; but while other U.S. cities erupted in anti-Catholic violence, Boston's oldest and newest citizens managed to emerge from this turbulent period, if not in complete harmony, then with a grudging respect for one another's rights. Much of this success may be attributed to one man: Bishop John Bernard Fitzpatrick. He was uniquely able to straddle the gulf that separated these two worlds, and to shape not only Boston's Catholic community, but in doing so, Boston itself. -- Publisher description
South Boston, my home town : the history of an ethnic neighborhood by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The language of doors : entranceways from colonial to art deco : how to identify and adapt them to your home by Paulo Vicente( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eminent Bostonians by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Or the Red Sox legend Ted Williams between Phillis Wheatley, an eighteenth-century African-American poet, and the Puritan founder John Winthrop."--Jacket
Boston's histories : essays in honor of Thomas H. O'Connor( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2019 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a distinguished teaching and writing career that spans half a century. Thomas H. O'Connor has explored in depth the richly layered history of his native Boston bringing the city's diverse and fascinating heritage to a wide audience of historians and general readers alike. Now his significant contributions are celebrated in these original essays by leading scholars in the field."--Jacket
The Irish in New England : immigration of the Irish to New England, sources of Irish-American genealogy, the Kennedys of Massachusetts by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America is by Henry N Drewry( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history and development of the United States and spotlights numerous cities to illustrate changes within the nation
Bibles, brahmins, and bosses : a short history of Boston by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1991 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two centuries of faith : the influence of Catholicism on Boston, 1808-2008( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bibles, brahmins, and bosses : a short history of Boston : lectures delivered for the National Endowment for the Humanities Boston Public Library Learning Library Program by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and American society by Thomas H O'Connor( Book )

2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Boston Irish : a political history
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The Boston Irish : a political historyThe Athens of America : Boston, 1825-1845The hub : Boston past and presentBoston A to ZBoston Catholics : a history of the church and its peopleBuilding a new Boston : politics and urban renewal, 1950-1970South Boston, my home town : the history of an ethnic neighborhoodThe language of doors : entranceways from colonial to art deco : how to identify and adapt them to your home
Alternative Names
O'Connor, Thomas

O'Connor, Thomas H. 1922-2012

O'Connor, Tom 1922-

Thomas H. O'Connor historicus

Languages
English (154)