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Featuring original work from noted Irish-American personalities, including Pete Hamill, Mary Higgins Clark, Malachy McCourt, and Maeve Binchy, it paints a vivid picture of the Irish-American experience of the past 150 years in selections whose themes are taken from the most important institutions of Irish life.
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Featuring original work from noted Irish-American personalities, including Pete Hamill, Mary Higgins Clark, Malachy McCourt, and Maeve Binchy, it paints a vivid picture of the Irish-American experience of the past 150 years in selections whose themes are taken from the most important institutions of Irish life.
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It really started with the famine that wasn't. There was plenty of food for export, but the poor depended on potatoes for their daily existence. The potato blight reduced the population as an estimated two million died and two million emigratedmost of them to America. It is a heartbreaking, yet inspiring story that Coffey, managing editor of Publishers Weekly, and Golway, a columnist for the New York Observer, present in this magnificently illustrated book. Golway sets the stage by describing the misery of the famine and the "coffin" ships, and focusing on one Patrick Kennedy of County Wexford, whose great-grandson would become the first Irish Catholic president of the United States in 1960. Singer Larry Kirwan of the band Black 47named for the worst year of the famine, 1847tells how the horror of the famine was imprinted on his soul by his grandfather; bestselling writer Frank McCourt, who almost starved as a child, remembers his astonishment at the amount of wasted food he would see when he emigrated back to the U.S.; and writer Peter Quinn reminds us why the Irish kept close to the cities: "a place safe from the ravages of Prohibition, Fundamentalism, and small-town Republicanism." A former priest, writer James Carroll looks at the importance of the local parish, and Newsday columnist Dennis Duggan takes a peak inside the McManus Democratic Club in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, which still administers to the new immigrants. Newsman-novelist Pete Hamill explains how Belfast immigrants became Americans, while filmmaker Terry George learns about baseballand Americafrom Hamill's brother, screenwriter John. Actor Jason Robards reminds us how the writings of Eugene O'Neill still haunt us. Coffey and Golway weave stories about rogues, priests, politicians, poets, gangsters, nuns, ballplayers, union organizers, writers and plain old working-stiffs into a beautiful emerald tapestry that celebrates Irish achievement and success, but remembers those who made the crossing for the want of a potato. Major ad/promo. (Oct.) FYI: The Irish in America will also serve as a companion volume to the forthcoming PBS documentary series, airing in January.
Published as a companion book to the PBS series of the same name, this book clearly reflects its video origins. Lavishly illustrated, the text by Terry Golway tells the story of the Irish famine and resulting immigration, the roles of parish, precinct and job opportunities in the life of the Irish community, the success of many Irish Americans in the theatre and, finally, the connections between Ireland and America today. The text and illustrations are interspersed, somewhat haphazardly, with cameo contributions from the likes of Frank McCourt, Peggy Noonan, and Maeve Binchey. Even Roy Disney, whose company owns the book's copyright, returns to Ireland to discover his roots. While far from essential to a collection, this volume adds color to an already colorful topic. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1997, Hyperion, 272p, 28cm, 97-21907, $19.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Academic Resource Ctr., Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786885435
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/17/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Great Famine: Between Hunger and the White House 3
Scraps and Leftovers: A Meditation
Through Liverpool: "Vistas of Want and Woe"
Black 47: How a Band Was Named
The True Meaning of "Lace Curtain"
Farmers No More: From Rural Ireland to the Teeming City
Ch. 2 The Parish: The Building of a Community 45
"Bricks and Mortar": Cornerstones of the Irish Presence
Saving the Children: Irish-Catholic Nuns
Irish Societies: To Be United and Known
The Irish Nation Across America
"What Parish?": An Experience of Church
The Interrupted Narrative
Ch. 3 The Precinct: Working from the Inside 95
The Greening of the Presidency
The Original Irish Gangsters
At the Center Is McManus: A Democratic Clubhouse
Political Migrations: A Family Story
Ch. 4 The Work: Where the Irish Did Apply 135
Bridie, We Hardly Knew Ye: The Irish Domestics
United Front: The Irish and Organized Labor
A Soul for the Civil Service
Aunt Mary Jane's Not-so-Commonplace Book
Ch. 5 The Players: Irish on Stage 179
Old Airs and New: From Reels to Riverdance
The Irish in John Ford's Films
Playing O'Neill
The Irish Voice in American Fiction
On Being Born Irish-American: A Glossary
Acting Irish: To Be or Not to Be
And Give Me Yesterday
Ch. 6 The New Irish: Keeping a Culture Alive 227
The New Irish Chic: The Irish Arts Scene
Cricket It Ain't: An Irishman's Appreciation of Baseball
The Poetry of Immigration
Replanting Our Roots: Coolmain Castle, Co. Cork
The Braided Cord: Family Tales
Afterword: The View from Dublin 259
Bibliography and Recommended Reading 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    a must for your bookshelf - if you're irish that is!

    enjoyable look at the history of the irish people in america. easy reading that makes you grateful of the sacrifices made by parents, grandparents, great-garndparents etc.. though woven around the successes and failures of the famous clans of john f kennedy and eugene o'neill; the book never loses touch with reality and the millions of not so famous irish who helped build america.. the author coffey's chapters are further complimented by articles & short stories written by prominent irish-americans of today such as frank mccourt, denis leary and maeve binchy. wonderful photographs make this a book a prize and well worth the price!

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