Join us in welcoming acclaimed author and journalist Neal Thompson in this in-person event where he will share his new book, THE FIRST KENNEDYS: THE HUMBLE ROOTS OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY. THE FIRST KENNEDYS is a story of sacrifice and survival, resistance and reinvention, based on genealogical breakthroughs and previously unreleased records. This is the first book to explore the inspiring true story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine, created a life together in Boston, a city hostile to Irish immigrants and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America. During the event, Neal will discuss his book with Kate Clifford Larson, New York Times bestselling author of three critically acclaimed biographies including: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy, Bound for the Promised Land, and The Assassin’s Accomplice. After the presentations Neal and Kate will answer questions and sign books. Register to attend the free event below.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Based on genealogical breakthroughs and previously unreleased records, this is the first book to explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine, created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America.
Their Irish ancestry was a hallmark of the Kennedys’ initial political profile, as JFK leveraged his working-class roots to connect with blue-collar voters. Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Here at last, we meet the first American Kennedys, Patrick and Bridget, who arrived as many 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 rampant poverty and discrimination kept her family intact, allowing her only son P.J. to become a successful saloon owner and businessman. P.J. went on to become the first American Kennedy elected to public office—the first of many.
Written by the grandson of an Irish immigrant couple and based on first-ever access to P.J. Kennedy’s private papers, The First Kennedys is a story of sacrifice and survival, resistance and reinvention: an American story.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
NEAL THOMPSON is a journalist and the author of five highly acclaimed books, including A Curious Man, Driving with the Devil, and the fatherhood-and-skateboarding memoir Kickflip Boys. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire, Outside, Oprah.com, and more and has taught creative nonfiction at Hugo House and the Great Smokies Writing Program. He lives in Seattle with his family.
Kate Clifford Larson is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of three critically acclaimed biographies including: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy, winner of the Mass Book Award in Nonfiction, 2016; Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, and The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. An award-winning consultant for feature film scripts, documentaries, museum exhibits, and public history and tourism initiatives, she appears frequently on local, national, and international media outlets. Her latest biography, Walk With Me explores the remarkable life of Civil Rights icon, Fannie Lou Hamer.