The New York Irish

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When Ellis Island opened in 1892, nearly four million Irish men and women had already made the journey to America. By the 1990s, Ireland had sent another million or more. New York has been both port of entry and home to the Irish for three centuries. During that time, America's premier city has undergone massive changes, and the Irish?one of the country's oldest ethnic groups?have played a vital part in its history.

The New York Irish tackles subjects like the medicalization of ...

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Overview

When Ellis Island opened in 1892, nearly four million Irish men and women had already made the journey to America. By the 1990s, Ireland had sent another million or more. New York has been both port of entry and home to the Irish for three centuries. During that time, America's premier city has undergone massive changes, and the Irish—one of the country's oldest ethnic groups—have played a vital part in its history.

The New York Irish tackles subjects like the medicalization of anti-immigrant prejudice; entrepreneurship in business; the impact of music and language on ethnic social life; the effect of nationalist movements on local politics; the dynamics of Irish relations with African-Americans, Chinese, and Dominicans; the battle for freedom of religious expression; and the problem of illegal immigration. It offers a fresh perspective on an immigrant people's encounter with the famed metropolis.

A joint project of the Irish Institute and the New York Irish History Roundtable

Johns Hopkins University Press

Providing a vivid example of how newcomers encountered America, this is the story of Irish immigrants and their descendants in New York--a history almost as old as the city itself. The authors examine Irish-American life in the city while addressing issues that affected immigrants throughout the U.S. 32 illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Irish Echo
A handsome, weighty tome that boasts contributions from the cream of Irish history specialists.
Irish Literary Supplement
A landmark work for Irish-American scholarship.
New-York Genealogical and Biographical Record
This reading should be compulsory... [for those] who would like to view New York City's history from a different but most significant angle.
Irish Studies Review
This Bayor and Meagher collection repays slow, careful reading, from beginning to end, notes and all. The notes and references are excellent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801857645
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 1,426,366
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald H. Bayor is professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Timothy J. Meagher is archivist and museum director at the Catholic University of America.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Colonial and Early National America
Overview: The Irish and the Emerging City: Settlement to 1844 11
Ch. 1 "Upon a bunch of straw": The Irish in Colonial New York City 35
Ch. 2 Religion, Ethnicity, and History: Clues to the Cultural Construction of Law 48
Ch. 3 The Development of an Irish American Community in New York City before the Great Migration 70
Pt. II The Great Migration: 1844 to 1877
Overview: "The Most Irish City in the Union": The Era of the Great Migration, 1844-1877 87
Ch. 4 "Desirable Companions and Lovers": Irish and African Americans in the Sixth Ward, 1830-1870 107
Ch. 5 Quimbo Appo's Fear of Fenians: Chinese-Irish-Anglo Relations in New York City 125
Ch. 6 Illness and Medical Care among Irish Immigrants in Antebellum New York 153
Ch. 7 Shrewd Irishmen: Irish Entrepreneurs and Artisans in New York's Clothing Industry, 1830-1880 169
Ch. 8 Union Green: The Irish Community and the Civil War 193
Pt. III The Turn of the Century: 1877 to 1914
Overview: Forging Forward and Looking Back 213
Ch. 9 Going to the Ladies' Fair: Irish Catholics in New York City, 1870-1900 234
Ch. 10 The Irish Language in New York, 1850-1900 252
Ch. 11 Irish County Societies in New York, 1880-1914 275
Ch. 12 The Irish American Worker in Transition, 1877-1914: New York City as a Test Case 301
Ch. 13 "In Time of Peace, Prepare for War": Key Themes in the Social Thought of New York's Irish Nationalists, 1890-1916 321
Pt. IV The Early Twentieth Century: 1914 to 1945
Overview: When New York Was Irish, and After 337
Ch. 14 Striking for Ireland on the New York Docks 357
Ch. 15 Of "Mornin' Glories" and "Fine Old Oaks": John Purroy Mitchel, Al Smith, and Reform as an Expression of Irish American Aspiration 374
Ch. 16 "From the East Side to the Seaside": Irish Americans on the Move in New York City 395
Pt. V The Modern Era: 1945 to 1992
Overview: An End and a Beginning 419
Ch. 17 The Neighborhood Changed: The Irish of Washington Heights and Inwood since 1945 439
Ch. 18 Emigrants, Eirepreneurs, and Opportunists: A Social Profile of Recent Irish Immigration in New York City 461
Ch. 19 Irish Traditional and Popular Music in New York City: Identity and Social Change, 1930-1975 481
Ch. 20 The Heart's Speech No Longer Stifled: New York Irish Writing since the 1960s 508
Conclusion 533
Appendix 1 Statistical Tables 551
Appendix 2 Maps 565
Notes 575
Select Bibliography 703
Contributors 709
Index 715
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