From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-Selections from diaries, letters, interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and books provide an arresting picture of what it has meant to be of Irish heritage in America. The selections, all carefully documented, are drawn together in six broad chapters with such themes as the old country, leaving home, arrival in the U.S., beginning a new life, settling down, and becoming part of America. Each chapter opens with a lengthy summarizing essay. Topics such as prejudice; working conditions and labor unions; politics; and the importance of family, friends, and the Catholic Church are touched upon. The pleasing open format includes numerous, intriguing, period black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Sidebars add personal reminiscences, biographical sketches, and more history. A rich source for report writers and a fine complement to J.F. Watts's The Irish Americans (Chelsea, 1988) and Irene M. Franck's The Irish-American Heritage (Facts on File, 1989).Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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"An arresting picture of what it has meant to be of Irish heritage in America.... pleasing open format.... A rich source for report writers."--School Library Journal
"A strong, important coverage which will delight high school students on up."--The Midwest Book Review