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Immigration reform might be a topic of debate in the 2016 election cycle, but what was immigration like in 1845? Forced to emigrate from ...
Immigration reform might be a topic of debate in the 2016 election cycle, but what was immigration like in 1845? Forced to emigrate from Ireland when his father, a political prisoner of the hated English, dies under mysterious circumstances, Billy survives the harsh crossing of the Western Ocean.  Once in New York, Billy becomes an American, finding—and losing—both love and family in a tale that brings the rough and sometimes grotesque world of Old New York alive in all its pains and pleasures.
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