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Once seen as threats to mainstream society, Irish Americans have become an integral part of the American story. More than 40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and the culture and traditions of Ireland and Irish Americans have left an indelible mark on U.S. society. Timothy J. Meagher fuses an overview of Irish American history with an analysis of historians' debates, an annotated bibliography, a chronology of critical events, and a glossary discussing crucial individuals, organizations, and dates. He ...

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Overview

Once seen as threats to mainstream society, Irish Americans have become an integral part of the American story. More than 40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and the culture and traditions of Ireland and Irish Americans have left an indelible mark on U.S. society. Timothy J. Meagher fuses an overview of Irish American history with an analysis of historians' debates, an annotated bibliography, a chronology of critical events, and a glossary discussing crucial individuals, organizations, and dates. He addresses a range of key issues in Irish American history from the first Irish settlements in the seventeenth century through the famine years in the nineteenth century to the volatility of 1960s America and beyond. The result is a definitive guide to understanding the complexities and paradoxes that have defined the Irish American experience.

Throughout the work, Meagher invokes comparisons to Irish experiences in Canada, Britain, and Australia to challenge common perceptions of Irish American history. He examines the shifting patterns of Irish migration, discusses the role of the Catholic church in the Irish immigrant experience, and considers the Irish American influence in U.S. politics and modern urban popular culture.

Meagher pays special attention to Irish American families and the roles of men and women, the emergence of the Irish as a "governing class" in American politics, the paradox of their combination of fervent American patriotism and passionate Irish nationalism, and their complex and sometimes tragic relations with African and Asian Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

America - Jay P. Dolan

Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book.

Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox

The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person.

American References Books Annual - Agnes H. Widder

Very well done...an excellent starting point for readers new to the topic.

H-Net - Bill Mulligan

A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship.

Choice

This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential.

America
Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book.

— Jay P. Dolan

Irish America Magazine

For those interested in getting a broad overview of Irish American history, pop culture and sociology... an excellent read.

Midwest Book Review
The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person.

— James A. Cox

American References Books Annual
Very well done...an excellent starting point for readers new to the topic.

— Agnes H. Widder

Choice

This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential.

H-Net
A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship.

— Bill Mulligan

Library Journal
Meagher (history, Catholic Univ.; Inventing Irish America) begins with a topical history spanning the last 400 years, then looks separately at gender, politics, nationalism, and race, finishing with a chapter in encyclopedia form on important people and events and finally a chronology of Irish America. Given the libraries filled with books on each of these topics, how does he cover them all in 384 pages? By skimming, when necessary. Meagher does fine work summarizing the opposing historical camps still trying to explain the Great Famine and successfully undoes some stereotypes. For example, on how prominent the Irish (a.k.a. Scotch-Irish) were in the American Revolution, Meagher explains how those from one county in Ireland responded differently from those from other counties, and those living in New England reacted differently from those in the South. He describes generations aspiring to power while dealing with the Protestant establishment, and women struggling with Catholic dogma in increasingly modern America. With respect to the encyclopedia component, other titles are more exhaustive, and include photos; yet this book is still well researched. If you want a heroic effort at encapsulating Irish American history, this is your book. A good alternative title for public and academic libraries.-Robert Moore, Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, Waltham, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Timothy J. Meagher is associate professor of history and curator of the American Catholic History Collections at Catholic University. He is the author of several works, including The New York Irish (with Ronald Bayor) and Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class, and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880 to 1928, winners of the James Donnelly prize for the Best Book in Irish American history.

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I. A History of Irish Americans from the Seventeenth to the Twenty-first Century Introduction: The Irish as Immigrants and Ethnics1. Irish Immigration to Colonial America2. Irish America from the Revolution to the Famine3. The Famine Years4. The Turn of the Twentieth Century5. The Twentieth Century6. The 1960s to the PresentPart II. Issues and Themes in Irish American History 1. Irish American Gender and Family2. Irish Americans in Politics3. Irish American Nationalism4. Irish Americans and RacePart III. Important People, Organizations, Events, and Terms Part IV. Chronology of Irish America Part V. Bibliography

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