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How the Irish Won the West

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Here is the full story of the Irish immigrants and their decedents whose hard work helped make the West what it is today. Learn about the Irish members of the Donner party, forced to consume human flesh to survive the winter; mountain men like Thomas Fitzpatrick, who discovered the South Pass through the Rockies; Ellen “Nellie” Cashman, who ran boarding houses and bought and sold claims in Alaska, Arizona, and Nevada; and Maggie Hall, who became known as the “whore with a heart of gold.” A fascinating and ...
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Here is the full story of the Irish immigrants and their decedents whose hard work helped make the West what it is today. Learn about the Irish members of the Donner party, forced to consume human flesh to survive the winter; mountain men like Thomas Fitzpatrick, who discovered the South Pass through the Rockies; Ellen “Nellie” Cashman, who ran boarding houses and bought and sold claims in Alaska, Arizona, and Nevada; and Maggie Hall, who became known as the “whore with a heart of gold.” A fascinating and entertaining look at the history of the American West, this book will surprise many and make every Irish American proud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081003
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,379,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Myles Dungan is a radio broadcaster and the author of several books, including
The Stealing of the Irish Crown Jewels and How the Irish Won the West. He lives in Ireland.
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Table of Contents

Pre-credit Sequence ix

Opening Credits: A Nineteenth-Century Western Timeline xiii

Reel 1 Introduction: How the Irish Really Won the West 1

Reel 2 Mountain Men: Irish Pioneers of the Fur Trade 10

Reel 3 The Donner Party: Cannibalism on the Western Trail 40

Reel 4 Indian Agent: The Later Career of Thomas Fitzpatrick 74

Reel 5 Toffs: Irish Aristocrats West of the Mississippi 92

Reel 6 Not So Gentle Tamers: Irish Women Stake Their Claim 128

Reel 7 Heroes and Villains: The Irish Good, Bad and Distinctly Ugly 160

Reel 8 The Lincoln County War: Murphy, Dolan, Riley, Brady and Billy the Kid 206

Reel 9 Cameos: Pioneers, Plutocrats, Popinjays and Populists 255

Closing Credits: Acknowledgements 282

Notes 284

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    Posted March 3, 2014

    WHY IS NOT THIS BOOK FOR SALE, IT IS GREAT!

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