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Irish Americans: A History
     

Irish Americans: A History

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by Jay P. Dolan
 

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ISBN-10: 159691419X

ISBN-13: 9781596914193

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781596914193
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 A Forgotten Era, 1700-1840

1 Here Come the Irish 3

2 A Time of Transition 30

Part 2 The Famine Generation and Beyond, 1840-1920

3 The Great Hunger 67

4 From Paddies to Patriots 84

5 The Catholic Irish 107

6 Born to Rule 135

7 Scrike 164

8 Nation Among Nations 182

Part 3 Becoming American, 1920-1960

9 Up from the City Streets 209

10 Irish Catholicism's Golden Age 229

11 City Hall and the Union Hall 245

Part 4 Irish and American, 1960-2000

12 The Triumph of the Irish 271

13 It's Chic to Be Irish 303

Acknowledgments 309

Notes 313

Index 337

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Irish Americans 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Paul1963 More than 1 year ago
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.
Rudi0511 More than 1 year ago
I am a german resident at Hanover/Germany and have incidently come across with J.P. Dolan's book. After I read this book - which depicts quite captivatingly the history of people with irish ancestry - I had the impression that this books should be translated into German. In many ways the story Dolan tells about Ireland and the devastating conditions in which irish people had to live in the 19th century affects to a great extent european history as it also deals with the clash of two different very strong religious denominations - the anglican church and irish catholizism. Dolan describes thoroughly and precisely the initial persecution Irish settlers were exposed to in America. This was actually the incentive for me to ask Dolan's publisher Bloomsbury Press at New York to grant me the right of translating this most captivating and thrilling book into German. As yet, however, it does not seem as though there is a vital interest on the part of the publishing house to have this book also published in a foreign language. This book is worth reading it and I am convinced this the content of this book should also be made available to german readers who are interested in irish-american history. Irrespective of the outcome of my request to the publisher I have made a private and non-authorized translation of the book into German hoping it will find a corresponding publisher in Germany some day. Rudi Eifert Niederrader Allee 21 D-30853 Langenhagen/Germany e-mail: eifert.vogler@t-online.de Phone: +49-511-731995
Undercover101 More than 1 year ago
If you want to know the history of famous Irish Americans, I would suggest reading this one. It goes in detail of many different lives and their coming to America. It also features some information on the Kennedy's. Pick this one up this St. Patrick's Day and you are guaranteed the luck of the Irish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, for me, holds many things as an Irish, Catholic American woman who grew up, knowing she was of Irish descent, but never really knew the remarkable values, the historical significance, the real “wealth” of emigrants and the importance of ancestry. The heart of Chicago was my backyard. St. Thomas Aquinas on the west side of the city was my grammar school parish and, then, throughout high school years, we loved to the suburbs, especially Oak Park and continued our Catholic upbringing at St. Giles Parish in Oak Park, IL and Catholic education at a private girls’ school, Trinity High School in River Forest, IL. What this book awakened in me was the strict adherence to ethnically divided neighborhoods, the solidity of Irish emigrant communities and the bonding of the parishes in each community. Coupled with that were the neighborhood bars, saloons which were centers of both comradority and festiveness. The Irish Americans is a “reread” book for me. There is a lot of content to assimilate on the “first blush” of the read. It is important enough for this “colleen” to take another look once again at the political issues, the religious issues and the national issues, dreams and rebirths this non-fictional work brought to the table of Irish ancestors. Thank you, Mr. Dolan, for your tremendous work and dedication.
Meals More than 1 year ago
very dry read.
Shilo2 More than 1 year ago
This information is great. It is an easy read and fun. If you're Irish you may need to face some facts about us. The only problem I have is that he repeats information and it drives me a bit wonky!
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Exhilirating, unparalled study of the Irish Americans.
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Started reading this and did learn alot about the Irish, but he repeated some information throughout the book. Didn't need to be as long as it was.
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