South Boston

GUESTS: MICHAEL MacDONALD *Author, All Souls: A Family Story from Southie (Beacon Press, 1999) ALAN LUPO *Author, Liberty's Chosen Home (Beacon Press, paperback, 1988) *Staff Writer for the Boston Globe Twenty-five years after riots broke out in the streets of Boston after a Federal judge ordered raced-based busing to integrate the city's schools, the Boston School Committee voted this past summer to drop race as a factor in deciding where children attend school. In a new book called All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, South Boston resident Michael MacDonald gives an insider's view of growing up white and poor in an all-Irish housing project during the violence-filled days of mandatory busing. His story shatters the long-held myth in Boston that crime, drugs and poverty existed only in the cities' black neighborhoods. Author Michael MacDonald and guests join Melinda Penkava for a look inside South Boston, a neighborhood with one of the highest concentrations of poor whites in America.



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