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  •  I used to think it was (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, Land of Enchantment
    About "Evacuation Day". Was that really a state holiday before there were enough Irish voters in Boston to have a noticeable effect on local politics?  
    But the Mass Moments thing I linked to says the first official celebration was in 1901. So I guess not.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:29:53 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I just looked up John F. Fitzgerald (2+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, Land of Enchantment

      of expressway and Kennedy-grandfather fame, and in 1901 he was in Congress and five years away from being Boston's first Irish mayor.

      So, maybe yes ...  the Irish were certainly moving into politics then ...

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:39:37 PM PDT

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    •  So is Evacuation Day celebrating a mass movement (1+ / 0-)
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      of the English soldiery out of Boston?

      why, that's almost like, like...

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:39:28 AM PDT

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