"A book that makes a welcome contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century urban history.
[This book] makes an important contribution to both immigration and urban history as well as to the history of public welfare.
Reviews in American History
This is a truly impressive study of comparative urban development.
Roger Lane, Haverford College
Gallman engages in a fascinating way with big questions of the national characters of the United States and Britain.
Jon Gjerde, University of California, Berkeley
From the Inside Flap
This work of comparative history looks at how two rapidly growing cities, Philadelphia and Liverpool, coped with the urban challenges raised by the influx of Irish immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century.