The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930

The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930

by Margaret Lynch-Brennan
     
 

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The Irish Bridget migrated to live and work as a domestic servant in an American world that was very different from Ireland. Most of the Irish Bridgets were Roman Catholics, while the America to which they came was a very Protestant country. ... These Irish girls came from people of limited means, but generally lived and worked in the homes of middle- and

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The Irish Bridget migrated to live and work as a domestic servant in an American world that was very different from Ireland. Most of the Irish Bridgets were Roman Catholics, while the America to which they came was a very Protestant country. ... These Irish girls came from people of limited means, but generally lived and worked in the homes of middle- and upper-middle-class Americans. In the urban Northeast, in the homes of (generally) Protestant Americans, Bridget and her American mistress (as the female employer was known) faced each other across a gulf of class, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences. It was the American home, rather than urban politics or industry, that constituted the most familiar frontier of contact between Irish immigrants and middle-class Americans. Americans' view of the Irish, and the Irish view of Americans, was strongly influenced by the close personal interaction of Americans with the Irish servants who both lived and worked in the private American home. -From The Irish Bridget

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815632016
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Irish Studies Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Lynch-Brennan recently retired from the New York State Education Department where she worked on issues related to civil rights, education reform, and professional development. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from SUNY Albany and has taught in SUNY Oneonta's Cooperstown Graduate Program.

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