New Directions in Irish-American History / Edition 1

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The writing of Irish American history has been transformed since the 1960s. This volume demonstrates how scholars from many disciplines are addressing not only issues of emigration, politics, and social class but also race, labor, gender, representation, historical memory, and return (both literal and symbolic) to Ireland. This recent scholarship embraces Protestants as well as Catholics, incorporates analysis from geography, sociology, and literary criticism, and proposes a genuinely transnational framework giving attention to both sides of the Atlantic. This book combines two special issues of the journal Éire-Ireland with additional new material.

The contributors include Tyler Anbinder, Thomas J. Archdeacon, Bruce D. Boling, Maurice J. Bric, Mary P. Corcoran, Mary E. Daly, Catherine M. Eagan, Ruth-Ann M. Harris, Diane M. Hotten-Somers, William Jenkins, Patricia Kelleher, Líam Kennedy, Kerby A. Miller, Harvey O’Brien, Matthew J. O’Brien, Timothy M. O’Neil, and Fionnghuala Sweeney.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299187149
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Kenny is associate professor in the Department of History and in Irish Studies at Boston College. He is author of The American Irish: A History and Making Sense of the Molly Maguires.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction: New Directions in Irish-American History 1
Pt. 1 Patterns of Migration 11
Editor's Introduction 13
Patterns of Irish Emigration to America, 1783-1800 17
The Famine's Scars: William Murphy's Ulster and American Odyssey 36
Miners in Migration: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Irish and Irish-American Copper Miners 61
Transatlantic Connections and the Sharp Edge of the Great Depression 78
Pt. 2 Politics and Race 99
Editor's Introduction 101
"We Will Dirk Every Mother's Son of You": Five Points and the Irish Conquest of New York Politics 105
"The Republic of Letters": Frederick Douglass, Ireland, and the Irish Narratives 123
"White," If "Not Quite": Irish Whiteness in the Nineteenth-Century Irish-American Novel 140
Pt. 3 The World of Work 157
Editor's Introduction 159
"In the Shadow of a Grain Elevator": A Portrait of an Irish Neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 162
Young Irish Workers: Class Implications of Men's and Women's Experiences in Gilded Age Chicago 185
"Come You All Courageously": Irish Women in America Write Home 209
Relinquishing and Reclaiming Independence: Irish Domestic Servants, American Middle-Class Mistresses, and Assimilation, 1850-1920 227
Pt. 4 Representation, Memory, and Return 243
Editor's Introduction 245
Culture, Commodity, and Cead Mile Failte: U.S. and Irish Tourist Films as a Vision of Ireland 248
Nationalism, Sentiment, and Economics: Relations between Ireland and Irish America in the Postwar Years 263
The Irish Famine in American School Curricula 280
The Process of Migration and the Reinvention of Self: The Experiences of Returning Irish Emigrants 302
Contributors 319
Index 325
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