Interview with Kevin White
QUESTION 4
JACKIE SHEARER:

What about the Irish politicians?

KEVIN WHITE:

The Irish? Well, the Irish dominated politics in Boston, the same way the Germans do in the Midwest in some cities, or the Swedes do. Ah, uh, any minority group, and usually those in the cities, uh, are left this almost hollow structure, uh, particularly after the war, in which people fled to the suburbs. So Boston was, uh, the dominant minority group were the Irish. So it was only a natural process. It could have been some other group, but for Boston, it was the Irish. I didn't explain that well. Ah, there's another point here . I don't want to get too far off. Remember the Irish could go to Catholic schools--


KEVIN WHITE:

If I gave you a short synopsis, if I was to try to give someone a quick snapshot--


KEVIN WHITE:

If I gave you a short, two-minute snapshot of Boston, and all her history capsuled, she is a city that was dominated by one group of people who were comfortable with each other, called the Yankees, basically the English dominated the city from Plymouth Rock until about 1930. Uh--blew it.