Meet local Philadelphia author Kenneth W. Milano as he celebrates the launch of his new book,
Thursday, June 20th 2013
1445 North Second Street at Jefferson
Philadelphia, PA 19122
"By May 6th, 1844, the situation between the newly arrived Irish Catholics and members of the anti-immigrant Nativist Party took an explosive violent turn. When the Irish asked to have their children excused from reading the Protestant version of the Bible in local public schools, the Nativists held a protest. The Irish pushed back. For three days riots scorched the streets of Kensington. Though the immigrants first had the upper hand, the Nativists soon put the community to the torch. Those who fled were shot. Two Catholic churches were burnt to the ground, along with several blocks of houses, stores, a nunnery and a Catholic school. Local historian Kenneth W. Milano traces this tumultuous history from the preceding hostilities through the bloody skimishes and finally to the aftermath of arrests and trials. Discover a remarkably intimate and compelling view of the riots with stories of individuals on both sides of the conflict that rocked Kensington."
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