The Irish Americans

Author: Jay P. Dolan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608192403
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The Irish Americans from the Author: Jay P. Dolan. Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America's most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In THE IRISH AMERICANS, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative. He follows the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine that brought millions of starving immigrants; the trials of ethnic prejudice and "No Irish Need Apply;" the rise of Irish political power and the heyday of Tammany politics; to the election of John F. Kennedy as president, a moment of triumph when an Irish American ascended to the highest office in the land. Dolan evokes the ghastly ships crowded with men and women fleeing the potato blight; the vibrant life of Catholic parishes in cities like New York and Chicago; the world of machine politics, where ward bosses often held court in the local saloon. Rich in colorful detail, balanced in judgment, and the most comprehensive work of its kind yet published, THE AMERICAN IRISH is a lasting achievement by a master historian that will become a must-have volume for any American with an interest in the Irish-American heritage.

The American Irish

Author: William V. Shannon
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9780870236891
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The American Irish from the Author: William V. Shannon. "My principle in organizing this book has been to emphasize those activities in which the presence of the Irish has made a significant difference as against what might have occurred if no Irish had come to this country. These fields are politics, religion, the theater, literature, and such specialized activities as prizefighting and law enforcement."--Page xv.

The American Irish

Author: Kevin Kenny
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317889169
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The American Irish from the Author: Kevin Kenny. The American Irish: A History, is the first concise, general history of its subject in a generation. It provides a long-overdue synthesis of Irish-American history from the beginnings of emigration in the early eighteenth century to the present day. While most previous accounts of the subject have concentrated on the nineteenth century, and especially the period from the famine (1840s) to Irish independence (1920s), The American Irish: A History incorporates the Ulster Protestant emigration of the eighteenth century and is the first book to include extensive coverage of the twentieth century. Drawing on the most innovative scholarship from both sides of the Atlantic in the last generation, the book offers an extended analysis of the conditions in Ireland that led to mass migration and examines the Irish immigrant experience in the United States in terms of arrival and settlement, social mobility and assimilation, labor, race, gender, politics, and nationalism. It is ideal for courses on Irish history, Irish-American history, and the history of American immigration more generally.

The Irish Voice In America

Author: Charles Fanning
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813148332
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The Irish Voice In America from the Author: Charles Fanning. In this study, Charles Fanning has written the first general account of the origins and development of a literary tradition among American writers of Irish birth or background who have explored the Irish immigrant or ethnic experience in works of fiction. The result is a portrait of the evolving fictional self-consciousness of an immigrant group over a span of 250 years. Fanning traces the roots of Irish-American writing back to the eighteenth century and carries it forward through the traumatic years of the Famine to the present time with an intensely productive period in the twentieth century beginning with James T. Farrell. Later writers treated in depth include Edwin O'Connor, Elizabeth Cullinan, Maureen Howard, and William Kennedy. Along the way he places in the historical record many all but forgotten writers, including the prolific Mary Ann Sadlier. The Irish Voice in America is not only a highly readable contribution to American literary history but also a valuable reference to many writers and their works. For this second edition, Fanning has added a chapter that covers the fiction of the past decade. He argues that contemporary writers continue to draw on Ireland as a source and are important chroniclers of the modern American experience.

Textures Of Irish America

Author: Lawrence J. McCaffrey
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815605218
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Textures Of Irish America from the Author: Lawrence J. McCaffrey. The "textures" of the Irish-American experience have been manifold, greatly influencing this country's economic, social, and cultural development over the past two centuries. Unlike that of many other European immigrants, the Irish journey to America was viewed largely as a one-way trip. They quickly adjusted to America, soon becoming citizens and active participants in politics. By the end of the 19th century, they dominated not only most American cities but also sports, especially baseball, and many were prominent in show business. In this entertaining study of one of America's most engaging and controversial groups, Lawrence McCaffrey reveals how the Irish adapted to urban life, progressing from unskilled working class to solid middle class. Denied power and influence in business and commerce, they achieved both through politics and the Catholic church. In addition to politicians and churchmen, McCaffrey discusses the roles of writers such as Finley Peter Dunne, James T. Farrell, Eugene O'Neill, J.F. Powers, Edwin O'Connor, William Kennedy, Elizabeth Cullinan, Tom Flanagan, Thomas Fleming, Jimmy Breslin, and John Gregory Dunne, as well as such film stars as Jimmy Cagney, Bing Crosby, Grace and Gene Kelly, and Spencer Tracy. McCaffrey completes the story with a look at the role of Irish nationalism in developing the personality of Irish America and in liberating Ireland from British colonialism. The result of some forty years of thinking and writing about Irish-American life, McCaffrey's Textures will appeal to scholars and general readers alike and may very well become the standard work on Irish America.

Erin S Daughters In America

Author: Hasia R. Diner
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801828720
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Erin S Daughters In America from the Author: Hasia R. Diner. Examines the work, culture, family life, educational achievements, and social problems of female Irish immigrants in the United States

Making The Irish American

Author: J.J. Lee
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 081475208X
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Making The Irish American from the Author: J.J. Lee. Explores the history of the Irish in America, offering an overview of Irish history, immigration to the United States, and the transition of the Irish from the working class to all levels of society.

The Irish American Experience In New Jersey And Metropolitan New York

Author: Marta Deyrup
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739187821
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The Irish American Experience In New Jersey And Metropolitan New York from the Author: Marta Deyrup. Focusing on the local New Jersey/New York Irish-American experience, this interdisciplinary book is a case study in what Irish-Americans have contributed to public and cultural life in the United States: how they have retained elements of Irish culture and invented elements of their own ethnic American culture.

The Irish American In Popular Culture 1945 2000

Author: Stephanie Rains
Publisher: Irish Academic Pr
ISBN: 9780716528319
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The Irish American In Popular Culture 1945 2000 from the Author: Stephanie Rains. The main theme of this book is the process by which late twentieth-century Irish-America engages with Irishness, especially focusing upon the ways in which the diaspora relates to aspects of Ireland and Irish culture in the formation of their cultural identity. The book focuses upon popular culture and cultural practices relevant to this process of diasporic identity formation, such as film and television, genealogy research, cultural tourism, and material culture such as souvenirs and 'luxury' Irish products. There is also a consideration of the economic and political connections between Irish-America and Ireland during the later twentieth century. Organised thematically, the book provides a unique examination of a wide range of popular cultural forms and practices during the later twentieth century.