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The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots Of An American Dynasty

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA

Feb 28 2022
The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots Of An American Dynasty

Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Neal Thompson introduces us to the first American Kennedys, Patrick and Bridget, who arrived as thousands of others did following the Great Famine--penniless and hungry. Less than a decade after their marriage in Boston, Patrick's sudden death left Bridget to raise their children single-handedly. Her rise from housemaid to shop owner in the face of

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