Boston College History Professor MarilynnJohnson examines the historical confluence of recent immigration and urban transformation in the Boston area in her new book,The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s(University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). Since the 1980s, the Boston area has experienced an astounding renaissance—a development, Johnson argues, to which immigrants have contributed in numerous ways. Like the older Irish and other European immigrant groups whose labor once powered the region’s industrial economy, these newer migrants have been crucial in re-building the population, labor force and metropolitan landscape of the New Boston–although the fruits of the new prosperity have not been equally shared. Johnson also is the author of Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City and The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II.
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