By the time of Kennedy's victory, descendants of the Famine immigrantswere steadily leaving the old Irish working-class neighborhoods of Boston,New York and other cities and settling into the new suburbs sprouting acrossAmerica. Irish Americans, three or four generations removed from theirFamine forebears, now preferred a more generic middle-class American lifestylecomplete with manicured lawns and backyard barbecues. Some of them evenconverted to Republicanism and wound up voting for another 'Irishman' namedRonald Reagan for president.


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