Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916

Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916

by William Jenkins
     
 

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In Between Raid and Rebellion, William Jenkins compares the lives and allegiances of Irish immigrants and their descendants in one American and one Canadian city between the era of the Fenian raids and the 1916 Easter Rising. Highlighting the significance of immigrants from Ulster to Toronto and from Munster to Buffalo, he distinguishes what it meant to be Irish in a…  See more details below

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In Between Raid and Rebellion, William Jenkins compares the lives and allegiances of Irish immigrants and their descendants in one American and one Canadian city between the era of the Fenian raids and the 1916 Easter Rising. Highlighting the significance of immigrants from Ulster to Toronto and from Munster to Buffalo, he distinguishes what it meant to be Irish in a loyal dominion within Britain’s empire and in a republic whose self-confidence knew no bounds. Jenkins pays close attention to the transformations that occurred within the Irish communities in these cities during this fifty-year period, from residential patterns to social mobility and political attitudes. Exploring their experiences in workplaces, homes, churches, and meeting halls, he argues that while various social, cultural, and political networks were crucial to the realization of Irish mobility and respectability in North America by the early twentieth century, place-related circumstances linked to wider national loyalties and diasporic concerns. With the question of Irish home rule animating debates throughout the period, Toronto's unionist sympathizers presented a marked contrast to Buffalo's nationalist agitators. Although the Irish had acclimated to life in their new world cities, their sense of feeling Irish had not faded to the degree so often assumed.

A groundbreaking comparative analysis, Between Raid and Rebellion draws upon perspectives from history and geography to enhance our understanding of the Irish experiences in these centers and the process by which immigrants settle into new urban environments.

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“Between Raid and Rebellion is a significant addition to the existing literature on the Irish diaspora. Because of its comparative perspective and urban focus, it will likely be of interest to scholars in the wider fields of ethnic and urban studies.” Michael Cottrell, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan

“This pioneering, scrupulous, elegant study af¬firms that unification and uniformity corner¬stones materialized according to local condi¬tions and cultural transplantations to generate distinct immigrant identities in Buffalo and Toronto. It sets a high a

“Utilizing an impressive array of documentary sources, the author demonstrates conclusively that in both urban centers, the Irish acculturated rather than assimilated, shaping their context, and in turn being shaped by it. Scholars and students of diaspor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773589032
Publisher:
MQUP
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
File size:
4 MB

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William Jenkins is associate professor of geography and history at York University.

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