Irish Americans

Irish Americans

by Tom Diegnan, Tom Diegnan, Tom Deignan, Barry Moreno
     
 

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The Irish arrived in large waves at the ports of Boston and New York in the mid- and late nineteenth century, many of them refugees from the potato famine, political oppression, and poverty. Originally manual laborers at sites including New York State’s Erie Canal, the Irish soon spread across the continent, first achieving prominence in public service jobs… See more details below

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The Irish arrived in large waves at the ports of Boston and New York in the mid- and late nineteenth century, many of them refugees from the potato famine, political oppression, and poverty. Originally manual laborers at sites including New York State’s Erie Canal, the Irish soon spread across the continent, first achieving prominence in public service jobs and municipal politics. Here is the story of the ordinary and the famous, from the neighborhood policemen to Boston’s illustrious Kennedy family and many others.

This important new series documents and dramatizes the immigration experience of untold numbers of men, women, and children who arrived in America from the four corners of the world. As they assimilated into American society, they enriched the nation’s character and experience. Many of America’s immigrants passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Center in New York Harbor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. What were the initial hopes and fears of these new arrivals? Where did they first settle, and what kinds of work did they find? Which elements from their various cultures have since blended into the national scene and helped reshape what has become modern America? The first titles in this dramatic series bring alive the experiences of four important ethnic groups, with contemporary photos and first-person accounts of their dramatic, life-changing experiences. Readers glimpse each group’s social customs, family life, traditional food and drink, festivals, and much more. There are also brief but vivid capsule biographies of famous individuals who rose to prominence from each ethnic group. Approximately 150 illustrations in each book.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These attractive titles show why waves of Irish and Italians sought refuge in America at various times. Both groups hoped for greater financial security and freedom here and left harsh and oppressive conditions in their own countries. They faced myriad adjustments, including conditions that were often as dismal as those left behind. The process of embracing American culture while clinging with pride to the ways of their homelands is described. The books are illustrated with many photographs, both color and black and white, as well as reproductions, maps, cartoons, and charts, all well placed and captioned. Interesting sidebar stories complement the texts. However, the typeface is small and somewhat hard to read. Both titles will enhance world and American history shelves and be useful for students researching immigration issues.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Greensboro Montessori School, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780641682865
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Series:
Barron's Coming to America Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Barry Moreno is an historian at New York's famous Ellis Island Museum, site of America's most important early-twentieth-century immigration center.

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