From the Bottom Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City

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The Irish, Kansas City's largest ethnic immigrant group ever, hauled stones to build foundations and buckets of water to put out fires. They cut the throats of a million cattle, laid miles of bricks and rails, drove the streetcars, kept and distrubed the peace, organized the working poor and kicked down barriers at City Hall and the courthouse for themselves and many generations and nationalities to come. Lavishly illustrated with photos from family collections and historic and newspaper archives, From the Bottom Up features a soft cover with a photo montage, for a handsome addition to the library of anyone who is proud of that wee touch of Irish blood - or simply interested in a fascinating perspective on how Kansas City came to be.

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After four years of research and recording the memories of Kansas City's Irish, Pat O'Neill, tells their story in From the Bottom Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City. Pat O'Neill is a fifth-generation Kansas Citian whose own ancestors were among the city's early Irish, credits his family, friends and the larger Irish Amercian community for sharing the memories and photographs that bring to life an era when the immigrant ancestors of today's Irish famlies played a major role in building Kansas City.

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"A really entertaining read made even more facinating by a vertiable treasure trove of original pictures." -- Kathy Quinn, KSHB TV (NBC) in Kansas City

"Many of the stories are written in the casual style of someone who might just be informing a friend of an interesting fact...The work of O'Neill is interesting and the thorough index helps filter out the few parts that might not apeal to individual readers. Well-written and organized, From the Bottom Up can be used for informative purposes or just leisurely reading." -- UMKC University News, January 18, 2000

"Pat O'Neill, whose late father, Pat, Sr. was a beloved local character, can trace his own local heritage to the 1880s...O'Neill's book is a tribute to his own networking within the Irish Community, since it's filled with valuable old family photographs." -- The Overland Park Sun, January 14, 2000

"This is just a great book. Anybody who grew up Irish will want to read it!" -- Mike Murphy, KCMO Radio

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