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All Standing

All Standing

The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship

More than one million immigrants fled the Irish famine for North America—and more than one hundred thousand of them perished aboard the “coffin ships” that crossed the Atlantic. But one small ship never lost a passenger.

All Standing recounts the remarkable tale of the Jeanie Johnston and her ingenious crew, whose eleven voyages are the stuff of legend. Why did these individuals succeed while so many others failed? And what new lives in America were the ship’s passengers seeking?

In this deeply researched and powerfully told story, acclaimed author Kathryn Miles re-creates life aboard this amazing vessel, richly depicting the bravery and defiance of its shipwright, captain, and doctor—and one Irish family’s search for the American dream.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451610154 | 
  • January 2014
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PROLOGUE

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Friday, August 27, 1883

On most evenings, a steady stream of patrons crossed the Red River footbridge to have a drink at James K. O’Brien’s saloon. But not that night.

The Sullivan Troupe’s Irish Revue was in town for one night only, and everybody who was anybody already had a ticket. That meant business was slow at O’Brien’s Saloon in the Grand Hotel. All evening its lone bartender, Nicholas Reilly, stood at his post between the shelves of spirits and the glistening new bar, watching as residents of Fergus Falls paraded up Lincoln Avenue,... see more

About the Author

Kathryn Miles
Photograph by Candace Kuchinski

Kathryn Miles

Kathryn Miles is a professor of environmental writing at Unity College. She is the author of Adventures With Ari and dozens of articles that have appeared in publications, including Alimentum, Best American Essays, Ecotone, Flyway, Meatpaper, and Terrain. She lives—and sails—in Belfast, Maine.

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