Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago (Hardback)
  • Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago (Hardback)
zoom

Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago (Hardback)

(author), (editor), (editor), (foreword)
£30.95
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 29/02/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
This remarkable memoir of immigration and assimilation provides a rare view of urban life in Chicago in the late 1800s by a newcomer to the city, the Midwest, and the nation as well. Francis O'Neill left Ireland in 1865. After five years traveling the world as a sailor, he and his family settled in Chicago, just shortly before the Great Fire of 1871.As O'Neill looked back on his life, writing in Chicago at the age of 83, he could give first-hand accounts of the Pullman strike of 1894, the railway strike of 1903, and the packinghouse strike of 1904. He could also reflect on the corruption that kept him at the whim of powerful aldermen who transferred him from station to station to prevent his advance as a member of the Chicago Police Department. Despite these obstacles, O'Neill eventually rose to be chief of police. In addition to his professional success, O'Neill is also remembered and beloved for his hobby, preserving traditional Irish music.O'Neill's story offers perspective on the inner workings of the police department at the turn of the twentieth century. His memoir also brings to life the challenges involved in succeeding in a new land, providing for his family, and integrating into a new culture. There were opportunities in America for ambitious, hardworking people, and Francis O'Neill serves as a fine documentarian of the Irish immigrant experience in Chicago.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810124653
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 689 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Simple human joy, in music and in discovery, animate every page of the newly published memoirs he left behind. . . . Today he [O'Neill] is remembered with pride for his efforts on behalf of Irish traditional music, and this remarkable book gives us a rare glimpse at the extraordinary individual who undertook it." --Irish Voice

"O'Neill records so many encounters with the humble and the great that anyone researching Chicago history from 1871 through 1905 needs to consult this book. The depth of his thinking on issues of his time is impressive, and issues such as political patronage reverberate today. . . . A truly remarkable life." --Gary Johnson, president, Chicago History Museum


"Anyone interested in Chicago's history as well as Irish music will profit from reading the life story of tough, effective, honorable, yet humble Chief Francis O'Neill." --Lawrence J. McCaffrey, professor of Irish history, emeritus, Loyola University of Chicago

You may also be interested in...

This Boy
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Dreams From My Father
Added to basket
Becoming
Added to basket
£20.00
CD-Audio
First Man In
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Things Can Only Get Worse?
Added to basket
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
"Kill The Black One First"
Added to basket
Becoming
Added to basket
£25.00   £19.99
Hardback
First Man In
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Double Crossed
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
For the Record
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Gentleman Jack
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Long and Winding Road
Added to basket
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
I Am Malala
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Soldier Spy
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.