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Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States

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ISBN-10: 0814752187
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This massive volume, copublished with Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, covers the Americanization of the Irish in 29 chapters. Eileen Reilly takes a comprehensive, albeit sanitized, look at the history of Ireland up to the present, covering everything from famine to the Good Friday accords. One thing that stands out is the remarkable misogynistic burden that Eamon DeValera's policies placed on Irish women (a married woman could not teach, and the government seemed to have a vested interest in her sexual habits, even through the 1980s). As the Irish inundated America during the Great Famine, we see them crawl up the ladder of success with the help of the "Ubiquitous Bridget," the indispensable Irish maids whose work spanned two centuries. Novelist Peter Quinn looks at "Irish progress from Paddies to Pats." The importance of labor unions in the rise of the Irish into the middle class is documented, as well as how, through battle in two world wars, the Irish finally earned their acceptance as nonhyphenated Americans, capped off by John F. Kennedy's election as president in 1960. This extremely thorough, thoughtful volume covers all the Irish bases up to the present. 70 illus. (Feb.)
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“From the double-meaning of its title to its roster of impressive contributors, Making the Irish American is destined for the bookshelves of all readers who aim to keep up on Irish-American history.”
-Irish America



“For anyone with the slightest interest in the history of Irish immigrants in America, Lee and Casey's book is a wonderful foundation on which to build a knowledge base.”
-Northeast Book Reviews



“Blends original research with reprints of classic analyses making for a thoughtful set of essays and articles which survey Irish-American history in context of the overall immigrant experience.”
-The Midwest Book Review



“This extremely thorough, thoughtful volume covers all the Irish bases up to the present.”
-Publishers Weekly



“This lavish compendium looks at the Irish and America from a variety of perspectives.”
-USA Today

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 733 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814752187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814752180
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the 29 articles, nine have been previously published; one in 1963, another in 1988, and the others in the past seven or so years. Some authors are widely-known--Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Pete Hamill, Calvin Trillin; while the others are steeped in Irish traditions from heritage and academic or other professional positions. The collected articles are crossovers between popular interest and academic perspective. Most combine popular subjects and approach with historical documentation or data. Within major sections on Irish-American foundations and identity are articles on sports, music, religion, organizations, and the role of notably, in some cases somewhat stereotypical, Irish figures such as domestics known as "biddies" or firemen in Irish-American assimilation and as representative of Irish-Americans in general. For the astute editorial selection of the number of general and somewhat specialized articles, expertise of the authors, and documentation in articles and appendices plus notes and bibliographies, "Making the Irish American" is a major text tying together this field of ethnic studies with American history and social history.
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Plenty of books have been written on Irish-American history both locally and nation-wide, but MAKING THE IRISH AMERICAN holds a difference: it's nearly thirty perspectives on the process of the Irish in America and blends original research with reprints of classic analyses, making for a thoughtful set of essays and articles which survey Irish-American history in context of the overall immigrant experience. Any college-level holding strong in ethnic studies or American history will find this an outstanding compilation, highly recommended as a basic collection addition.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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Here is the table of contents for Making the Irish American:

1. Introduction: Interpreting Irish America by J.J. Lee, p.1-60

The Irish Background

2. Modern Ireland: An Introductory Survey by Eileen Reilly, p. 63-147

Foundations

3. Scots Irish or Scotch-Irish by David Noel Doyle, p. 151-170

4. The Irish in North America, 1776-1845 by David Noel Doyle, p. 171-212

5. The Remaking of Irish America, 1845-1880, p. 213-252

Conflicts of Identity

6. Ulster Presbyterians and the Two Traditions in Ireland and America by Kerby Miller, p. 255-270

7. Religious Rivalry and the Making of Irish-American Identity by Irene Whelan, p. 271-285

8. Address to the Ulster-Irish Society of New York, 1939 by Henry Noble MacCracken, p. 286-288

9. American-Irish Nationalism by Kevin Kenny, p. 289-301

10. Refractive History: Memory and the Founders of the Emigrant Savings Bank by Marion R. Casey, p. 302-331

11. Ubiquitous Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, p. 332-253

12. Labor and Labor Organizations by Kevin Kenny, p. 354-363

13. Race, Violence, and Anti-Irish Sentiment in the Nineteenth Century by Kevin Kenny, p. 364-378

Popular Expressions of Identity

14. Irish-American Popular Music by Mick Moloney, p.381-405

15. The Irish in Vaudeville by Robert W. Snyder, p. 406-410

16. Irish Traditional Music in the United States by Rebecca S. Miller, p.411-416

17. Before Riverdance: A Brief History of Irish Step Dancing in America by Marion R. Casey, p. 417-425

18. Irish-American Festivals by Mick Moloney, p. 426-442

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Very Good Compilation
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