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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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: American Family Albums
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195124189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195124187
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,456,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Irish American Family Album provides in it's too few pages, a spark of light on the intensely emotional history of Ireland and her children. One could hardly expect an absolute, exhaustive description of the countless people or events that are associated with this topic, yet everyone of Irish descent that I have shared this book with responds to it that same way. They slowly turn the pages with great anticipation. Always hoping that the next page shall help shed more light on their personal family's history of exil from Ireland to a new life here in America. I have even witnessed a tear from time to time in the eyes of these readers. It has been said that we are now witnessing a renaissance of the Celtic spirit and culture. If this is true, then much thanks is due to books such as The Irish American Family Album. For this book and others like it shall be the tools of education for our younger generations. They help to reveal and preserve our culture and history, a history so vast and long that it spands well into the darkness of time. Therefore, every spark of light is a true blessing.
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I bought this book for my 12 year old niece. Recently she joined in a family discussion about our Irish American family and Irish history in general. She was very interested but said that in school she learned that it was somehow wrong to be interested in her family history. She asked "Why don't they tesch this stuff in school?"

Her comments sent me straight to Amazon to search for books on Irish American history. The Irish American Family Album provided a good introduction for my niece. The book is organized into brief selections highlighting people and events. It is a good introduction to the rich and often tragic history of a creative and determined people. Written in short chapters, with sidebars and first person accounts, the book provides interesting topics for additional exploration. Like all good family albums, this book can bring the generations together, spark informative discussion and provide insight into the family dynamics.
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This wonderful little book brings the Irish-American experience alive through the words of the people who lived it. Divided into six chapters, the book contains a selection of extracts from memoirs, showing the individual’s “on the scene” view of what was happening. Plus, along the way, the reader is treated to numerous informative sidebars, and many interesting black-and-white pictures.

Overall, I found this to be a very interesting book. Indeed, being something of an oral history of such a vast and varied experience, it is bound to only hit the highlights. But, that said, what this book sets out to do it does admirably. I really enjoyed reading the many reminisces of what happened, showing the life of the Irish-American from all of its many sides.

This is a great book, one that I am glad that I read, and one that I do not hesitate to recommend. Buy it!
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