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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 ...
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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|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|
|Appendix 1 Statistical Tables||551|
|Appendix 2 Maps||565|