The Impact of 19th century Irish Immigration on Brighton

The following article appeared in the pages of the Allston-Brighton Tab about 15 years ago at a time when I was writing regular bi-weekly columns for that paper and for the Boston Tab on a broad range of historical topics. I'm posting it now as an adjunct to the article I posted a few days …

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A Lesson About Ethnic Bigotry Drawn from Brighton’s history

The following article by Michael Daly appeared some months ago in the "Daily Beast." John Kelly’s Forgotten History Lesson White House Chief of Staff John Kelly hails from the Brighton section of a Boston, whose 18th century grandees included a Yankee Protestant manufacturer who so detested Irish immigrants that he refused to hire them as …

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Oral Interview with Max Bacon, Part 2

This is the second excerpt from a four hour long interview that I conducted late in 2017 with Smyrna's long-time Mayor Max Bacon.  William Marchione: Why don’t we talk about your schooling for a bit. How old were you when you entered school for the first time? Max Bacon: Six years old. They had a …

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An Interview with Max Bacon, Part 1

Introduction  In the fall and winter of 2017 I conducted two lengthy videotaped interviews with long-time Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. The following is the first of a series of excerpts from those interviews that I plan to publish on this blog over the next few weeks. The illustrations appearing here were mostly provided by Mayor …

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The Bacon Years: Smyrna Reinvented

In recent weeks I've been conducting interviews with Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, who has held office since 1985, and has presided over a fundamental transformation of the city into one of the most desirable and dynamic Atlanta suburbs. What follows is the last chapter of my book A Brief History of Smyrna Georgia (History Press, …

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Water for the City: A Short History of Boston’s Water Supply System

The City of Boston has one of the finest water supply systems in the country. This series of articles on the history of the system was first published in 1999 in three installments in the Boston Tab and Allston-Brighton Tab newspapers.  Then in May 1999, I presented a lecture on the topic at Brighton's Cleveland Circle …

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Brighton Center Walking Tour: Part 2

  Contemporary Map of Brighton Center #9: Vantage Point: Dighton Street & Chestnut Hill Ave. intersection facing Brighton Square Park Brighton Square Park: This green space on the opposite side of Chestnut Hill Avenue, now known as Brighton Square Park, is the closest thing that Brighton has to a town common, but it was in fact …

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Brighton Center Walking Tour: Part 1

By William P. Marchione The Noah Worcester House, built in the 1680s, one of the oldest houses in Brighton Center, the residence in the 1810 to 1837 period of Dr. Noah Worcester, the founder of the American Peace Movement who also served as Brighton's first postmaster. The year the house was decorated with these flags …

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Smyrna Transportation History, part 2, after 1870

1. The North Atlanta and Marietta Streetcar Line, 1905-47 With the introduction of electric streetcars into the City of Atlanta in 1889, a process of rapid extension of streetcar service to the suburbs was set in motion. Not until 1905, however, was Electric streetcar service extended through Smyrna by  the North Atlanta and Marietta Streetcar line. …

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Photo Essay #4, part 1: Smyrna’s Transportation History, 1828-1870

The following photo essay, presents over 50 images with commentary relating to aspects of the transportation history of Smyrna and South Cobb up to 1870.  Part 2, which will follow within the next few days, will carry the transportation history of the area forward to the present day. WPM 1. North Georgia Land Hunger and the …

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