It’s a classic American story.  In the mid-1800s, America welcomed thousands of immigrants fleeing economic and ethnic troubles in their homelands.  The city of Boston offered the hope of new beginnings for a swell of Irish and Italian arrivals, whose presence would redefine the city forever.  Among them were the Quinns, escaping the horrors of Ireland’s Great Famine, and the Purpuras and Sciarrinos, fleeing the economic deprivation of Southern Italy.  They would thrive in South Boston, and in a way that only Americans could, they would leave their old national identities behind to intermarry and create a proud new generation.  This is a collection of their narratives.


This family narrative was written and placed online by Narratio Vitae .