Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States

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Overview

In Making the Irish American, J.J. Lee and Marion R. Casey offer a feast of twenty-nine perspectives on the vital and endlessly fascinating story of the Irish in America. Combining original research with reprints of classic works, these essays and articles extend far beyond a survey to offer a truly rich understanding of the Irish immigrant impact on America, and America's impact on the Irish immigrant. Classic reprints include Daniel Patrick Moynihan's study of the Irish in New York, Pete Hamill's memoir of President Kennedy-recollecting the responses around him in Belfast at the time of the assassination-Calvin Trillin's New Yorker account of the intense personality politics behind the New York's St. Patrick's Day parade during the 1980s, and Peter Quinn's meditations on the essence of Irish America, past, present, and future. They all offer sparkling insights into the evolving tension between becoming American and becoming Irish American.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This massive volume, copublished with Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, covers the Americanization of the Irish in 29 chapters. Eileen Reilly takes a comprehensive, albeit sanitized, look at the history of Ireland up to the present, covering everything from famine to the Good Friday accords. One thing that stands out is the remarkable misogynistic burden that Eamon DeValera's policies placed on Irish women (a married woman could not teach, and the government seemed to have a vested interest in her sexual habits, even through the 1980s). As the Irish inundated America during the Great Famine, we see them crawl up the ladder of success with the help of the "Ubiquitous Bridget," the indispensable Irish maids whose work spanned two centuries. Novelist Peter Quinn looks at "Irish progress from Paddies to Pats." The importance of labor unions in the rise of the Irish into the middle class is documented, as well as how, through battle in two world wars, the Irish finally earned their acceptance as nonhyphenated Americans, capped off by John F. Kennedy's election as president in 1960. This extremely thorough, thoughtful volume covers all the Irish bases up to the present. 70 illus. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

“This lavish compendium looks at the Irish and America from a variety of perspectives.”
-USA Today

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“For anyone with the slightest interest in the history of Irish immigrants in America, Lee and Casey's book is a wonderful foundation on which to build a knowledge base.”
-Northeast Book Reviews

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“From the double-meaning of its title to its roster of impressive contributors, Making the Irish American is destined for the bookshelves of all readers who aim to keep up on Irish-American history.”
-Irish America

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“This extremely thorough, thoughtful volume covers all the Irish bases up to the present.”
-Publishers Weekly

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“Blends original research with reprints of classic analyses making for a thoughtful set of essays and articles which survey Irish-American history in context of the overall immigrant experience.”
-The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814752180
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 733
  • Sales rank: 988,296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J.J. Lee is Director of Glucksman Ireland House, Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, and professor of history, at New York University. He is the author of the award-winning Ireland 1912-1985: Politics and Society.

Marion R. Casey is assistant professor, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, and co-editor of The Irish Experience in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : interpreting Irish America 1
2 Modern Ireland : an introductory survey 63
3 Scots Irish or Scotch-Irish 151
4 The Irish in North America, 1776-1845 171
5 The remaking of Irish-America, 1845-1880 213
6 Ulster Presbyterians and the "two traditions" in Ireland and America 255
7 Religious rivalry and the making of Irish-American identity 271
8 Address to the Ulster-Irish Society of New York, 1939 286
9 American-Irish nationalism 289
10 Refractive history : memory and the founders of the emigrant savings bank 302
11 Ubiquitous Bridget : Irish immigrant women in domestic service in America, 1840-1930 332
12 Labor and labor organizations 354
13 Race, violence, and anti-Irish sentiment in the nineteenth century 364
14 Irish-American popular music 381
15 The Irish and vaudeville 406
16 Irish traditional music in the United States 411
17 Before Riverdance : a brief history of Irish step dancing in America 417
18 Irish-American festivals 426
19 Irish Americans in sports : the nineteenth century 443
20 Irish Americans in sports : the twentieth century 457
21 The Irish (1963, 1970) 475
22 Once we were kings (1999) 526
23 Democracy in action (1988) 535
24 Irish America, 1940-2000 548
25 Twentieth-century American Catholicism and Irish Americans 574
26 The fireman on the stairs : communal loyalties in the making of Irish America 609
27 The tradition of Irish-American writers : the twentieth century 649
28 Looking for Jimmy (1999) 663
29 The future of Irish America (2000) 680
App The Irish in the U.S. census : an explanatory note 687
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