[PDF/ePUB] The First Kennedys – Neal Thompson

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Book summary of The First Kennedys by Neal Thompson

Based on genealogical breakthroughs and previously unreleased records, this is the first book to explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine; created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics; and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America. Their Irish ancestry was a hallmark of the Kennedys’ initial political profile, as JFK leveraged his working-class roots to connect with blue-collar voters. Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Here at last, we meet the first American Kennedys, Patrick and Bridget, who arrived as many thousands of others did following the Great Famine—penniless and hungry. Less than a decade after their marriage in Boston, Patrick’s sudden death left Bridget to raise their children single-handedly. Her rise from housemaid to shop owner in the face of rampant poverty and discrimination kept her family intact, allowing her only son P.J. to become a successful saloon owner and businessman. P.J. went on to become the first American Kennedy elected to public office—the first of many.

Details of e-book The First Kennedys

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  • Title: The First Kennedys
  • Rating: 4.3 out of 5 base on 221 reviews
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (February 22, 2022)
  • ISBN-10: B08NWRR59W
  • ISBN-13: 978B08NWRR596
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 403 pages
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs