Throughout the work, Meagher invokes comparisons to Irish experiences in Canada, Britain, and Australia to challenge common perceptions of Irish American history. He examines the shifting patterns of Irish migration, discusses the role of the Catholic church in the Irish immigrant experience, and considers the Irish American influence in U.S. politics and modern urban popular culture.
Meagher pays special attention to Irish American families and the roles of men and women, the emergence of the Irish as a "governing class" in American politics, the paradox of their combination of fervent American patriotism and passionate Irish nationalism, and their complex and sometimes tragic relations with African and Asian Americans.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface
Part I. A History of Irish Americans from the Seventeenth to the Twenty-first Century
Introduction: The Irish as Immigrants and Ethnics
1. Irish Immigration to Colonial America
2. Irish America from the Revolution to the Famine
3. The Famine Years
4. The Turn of the Twentieth Century
5. The Twentieth Century
6. The 1960s to the Present
Part II. Issues and Themes in Irish American History
1. Irish American Gender and Family
2. Irish Americans in Politics
3. Irish American Nationalism
4. Irish Americans and Race
Part III. Important People, Organizations, Events, and Terms
Part IV. Chronology of Irish America
Part V. Bibliography
What People are Saying About This
This indispensable guide -- comprehensive, yet concise; scholarly, yet lively; erudite, yet accessible -- will become the first stop for anyone seeking to learn about Irish America, its history, people, and culture. Tim Meagher has long been one of our most astute and subtle commentators on Irish-American history, and he brings his vast knowledge together in this extraordinary volume. Beginners will find it a delightful and invaluable introduction and specialists will treasure it as an essential reference.
Roy Rosenzweig, George Mason University, coauthor of The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life
Comprehensive in its coverage, and written in a clear and engaging style, this outstanding reference work will be of interest to both the professional scholar and the general reader. In its broad range of topics and the depth of its understanding, The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is an authoritative and indispensable resource for the study of a familiar but little known people who have been at the heart of the American narrative from its colonial inception to the present day.
David Gerber, University of Buffalo, coeditor of American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader
In this often lyrically written book, Timothy Meagher, tackles the big questions in Irish American history. He not only distills contemporary scholarship and points out disagreements between historians; he evaluates their ideas. The result is a work that challenges stereotypes and common assumptions. Readers will appreciate his straightforward descriptions of theories of ethnicity as well as his vivid reconstructions of how real people lived and worked. With its helpful bibliographic material, this is a 'must buy' for those interested in Ireland and the Irish in America.
Colleen McDannell, Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies, University of Utah
Tim Meagher has done a superb job, picking and choosing wisely among the dense and tangled data and controversies concerning Irish American history, and has produced an indispensable guide and source book for students and scholars of the history of the Irish (both Catholics and Protestants) in America.
Kerby Miller, University of Missouri, author of Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America