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Rhode Island Labor History

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above right:  Irish Titan, Irish Toilers by Scott Molloy.  Molloy tells the story of Irish Potato Famine refugee Joseph Bannigan, who, despite the anti-Irish sentiment in Rhode Island, rose to become the president of the United States Rubber Company.Scott_Molloy.htmlScott_Molloy.htmlScott_Molloy.htmlScott_Molloy.htmlScott_Molloy.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3
right:  Ballots and Bibles: Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Providence by
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Labor Histories from Other Publishers

The RILHS believes that its greatest contribution to Rhode Island's  immigrant and clue collar heritage us the publication of easy-to-read histories. 

Since 1978 we have published several such books, including a collection of scholarly essays, a pictorial history of workers, and an edition of oral remembrances by labor activists.  

Written by RILHS member and Professor Evelyn Sterne and published by Cornell University Press, Ballots and Bibles looks at working-class immigrants in 19th- and 20th-century Providence and the role Catholic parishes played in shaping politics, civic education, and immigrant culture in Rhode Island’s capital city.

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