Liam O'Flaherty (1896-1984) wrote perceptive novels and short stories about the Irish peoples' struggles with life.
I can't help but wonder what happened to Michael and Mary after going through Ellis Island. Did they ever see any of their family again? Did they keep in contact? Did they ever go home again? Did Boston turn out to be what they expected?
Boston was probably a mixed experience. As likely as not, Michael and Mary worked long hours and lived in crowded conditions. The Irish and Blacks were disparaged and competed with one another for the lowest paying jobs. Somehow they stayed strong and over time prevailed. Their descendants now live a higher quality of life.
"Going Into Exile" makes me think my ancestor who survived the horror of the middle passage with their ability to procreate intact. How did he or she do it? Sometimes there are some amazing happenings in the world.
Be good to yourself or I'm gonna talk about you.
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