The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America

The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America

by Michael Glazier, Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Distinguished scholars from American, Ireland, Canada and Britain have contributed major articles about important events, themes, and people of the Irish saga in American, from colonial times to today.


Distinguished scholars from American, Ireland, Canada and Britain have contributed major articles about important events, themes, and people of the Irish saga in American, from colonial times to today.

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Hailing itself as the first encyclopedia of its kind, this ambitious reference work tries mightily to document every meaningful person, place, or thing Irish in America. Glazier (The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History) devotes several dual-column pages of dense text to such well-known topics as emigration and the famine--but he also mentions Christopher Columbus because he visited Ireland and had an Irishman in his crew. Every state, including Hawaii, has had Irishmen in it, and so every state gets an entry. What may earn this title space on the shelves, however, is its exhaustive coverage of Irish American clerics, politicians, artists, actors, writers, and little-known businessmen. The entries, written by almost 250 contributors, cite scholarly books, other encyclopedias, magazines, and a couple of web pages. Useful for any public collection.--Robert C. Moore, Raytheon, Sudbury, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
This wrist-bending reference contains approximately 1000 entries, including over 500 biographies of Irish-American men and women of significance, as well as related themes and topics. It also includes articles on each of the 50 states, as well as a number of major cities and the influence Irish-Americans have had in them over the last four centuries. Contributors include university affiliated and other scholars from all over the US and Ireland. Includes some 300 illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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James P. Walsh
This may be a reference work, but it is interesting and exciting too. Long overdue, it will be well received.
—(James P. Walsh, Professor of History, San Jose State University)
Dr. Margaret Conners
Glazier's Encyclopedia of the Irish in America is an essential addition to the library of those who study the American Irish. It's The New Yorker of reference works with topics ranging from Irish song in America to the role of the Irish in baseball. Each entry is written by the best in the field and is meticulously documented. It's the finest compendium of Irish-American scholarship available.
—(Dr. Margaret Conners, writer and independent scholar)
Emmet Larkin
This encyclopedia will be welcomed by all students and scholars in Irish-American studies. Indeed the distinguished quality of the contributions and the inclusive and comprehensive nature of the contents of this volume will soon make it a required reference for anyone interested in Irish America.
—(Emmet Larkin, Professor of British and Irish History, University of Chicago)
This stylish volume, compiled by a panel of distinguished scholars drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, chronicles and celebrates the Irish in America and examines their Irish origins. The parameters are exceptionally broad, with articles ranging from the Irish in Sir Walter Raleigh's settlement in Virginia in the 1580's to Irish immigration in the period 1922-98; from primary education in 19th century Ireland to the education of Irish immigrants in Boston; from the Irish in Canada to the Connemara Colony in Minnesota; and from Oliver St. John Gogarty to a critical contrast of the fortunes of the Poles and the Irish. The volume includes much of the research and literature on Irish America and makes it available in an accessible and practical format to the public at large. For the ordinary reader the encyclopedia constitutes a fascinating and evocative guide to the Irish in America; and for the specialist an essential work of reference.
—(Dr. Noel Kissan, Head of the Manuscript Department, National Library of Ireland)

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