Magazine article New Internationalist

[All Souls: A Family Story from Southie]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[All Souls: A Family Story from Southie]

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All Souls: A family story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald (Beacon Press ISBN 0-8070-7212-5)

Radical US comedian George Carlin once said that the poor only exist to scare the American middle classes into working hard so they can avoid the Welfare State. Poverty in the US is associated with being lazy... or being Black.

Writer and political activist Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in the ghettos of Boston, Massachusetts; a neighbourhood born of Irish famine migrants looking for the promised land. Only, as MacDonald describes it, they found themselves introduced to a more sinister form of deprivation. In his memoir, All Souls, 34-year-old MacDonald writes about growing up in provincial South Boston surrounded by suicides and murders, at a time when such atrocities, according to Southie residents, 'only happened to black families. …

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