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A must read for all Irish Americans and those who wish they were!!!!!
Obviously the Irish American experience has been discussed at length in this country. When it hasn't been discussed as factual hitory it has served as background for untold fictional stories. So, how can it be rehashed again? When it is thoroughly investigated and retol...
Obviously the Irish American experience has been discussed at length in this country. When it hasn't been discussed as factual hitory it has served as background for untold fictional stories. So, how can it be rehashed again? When it is thoroughly investigated and retold the way J. P. Dolan has done in his book The irish American. Professor Dolan has reached back to the very beginning of our country's history and has shown how The Irish have impacted the American experience and how that has effected American and Irish history. The story of two countries, the United States and Ireland, is told here as you see how entwined these countries became as the stream of Irish flowed across the Atlantic flooding America. He explores, the impact on religion, politics and culture. His book uncovers the both the glorious and imperfect sides of the Irish story. He celebrates all the characters who define what being Irish American was and is from the political boss, politicians, the unskilled laborer, Catholic Bishops, nuns, priests, pubowners and patrons. You're on a journey following the early Scotch Irish to The Famine Irish into the 20th century where the Irish Americans moved from being "Shanty" to Steamheat/Lace Curtain" and eventually claiming their rightful and respected palce as Americans while remaining uniquely Irish.
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