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The New Bostonians: How Immigrants have Transformed Boston since the 1960s

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New Citizens in Boston

Marilynn Johnson
Boston College

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Location: The Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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Abstract: Drawing on her recent book, The New Bostonians, Johnson will discuss how immigrants have helped transform the Boston metropolitan area since the 1960s as it evolved from an declining manufacturing city to a center of the new knowledge economy. She'll also offer a peak at a related digital history project, Global Boston, a website that explores the region's immigration history, past and present.

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Marilynn Johnson is a professor of history at Boston College where she teaches modern US urban and social history. She received her Ph.D. in history at New York University and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT. Her research focuses on migration, urban social relations, and violence. Her books include The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II (1993) and Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City (2004). Most recently, she published The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area Since the 1960s (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). She continues to do research on this subject is currently building a website called Global Boston, which explores immigration history in greater Boston from the early 19th century to the present.

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A recent article published by the Boston Globe highlights the growing fears among many Boston immigrants over a possible Trump presidency. Professor of history at Boston College, Marilynn Johnson, spoke about the area's immigrant community has significantly shaped the history of the city at a Boisi Center luncheon on September 21.