CRANFORD—Dr. James T. Fisher, author of the recently published “On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York” (Cornell University Press), will speak at the Cranford Community Center on Oct. 7.
“On the Irish Waterfront” is a detailed social history of the New York/New Jersey waterfront, from the rise of Irish American entrepreneurs and political bosses during the World War I era to the mid-1950s, when the emergence of a revolutionary new mode of cargo-shipping signaled a radical reorganization of the port.
The book also introduces readers to the real “Father Pete Barry” featured in “On the Waterfront,” John M. “Pete” Corridan, a crusading priest committed to winning union democracy and social justice for the port’s dockworkers and their families.
Dr. Fisher, a Cranford resident, teaches at Fordham University. His other books include “Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America,” “Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961” and “The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962.”
The program will be held in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Fisher will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing. Admission is free and all are welcome.
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