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Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America Paperback – September, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

A moving portrayal of three centuries of Irish emigration to the U.S., this stunning photoessay is the companion to a PBS documentary film which Wagner coproduced and directed. Focusing on eight families, he and Miller ( Emigrants and Exiles ) cull their letters, memoirs and photographs to explore common patterns in the Irish-American experience. Overcoming prejudice and discrimination, and often beginning life anew at the very bottom of the economic ladder, Irish-Americans built farms, industries and transportation networks, and achieved prominence in business, the labor movement, politics and religion. Yet many, ambivalent about the American dream, felt homesick for an often idealized Ireland, even as they found it increasingly difficult to transmit an Irish identity to their children. 20,000 first printing; History Book of the Month Club selection.
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Miller and Wagner's decision to place at the center of their well-wrought text the letters that Irish immigrants wrote to their families and friends back home is most ingenious. No contemporary words could speak as clearly of the mixture of opportunity and loss those immigrants felt as these of Maurice Woulfe: "Every stone, gap and field in Cratloe and its surroundings are as clear in my mind as when I was home." The chapters cover the expected material (the potato famine, Tammany Hall, American political support for Irish nationalism), but what distinguishes this book is its focus on representative individual immigrants of no particular fame. These "exiles" (for such is the meaning of the Gaelic word for immigrant) were given an "American wake" on departure, for many would never see or be seen in their home villages again. Their words are simple and eloquent and memorable. A fine selection of historical photos illustrates this companion book to a PBS television documentary with the same title, set to air this fall and winter. Pat Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570981809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570981807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There are several listings here for this book.Mine is a soft cover,published in 1997 by Roberts Rinehart.
.As far as I know,they are all the same,except for thy hard cover,but the prices vary widely.
It is an excellent book ,and is a moving portrayal of Irish emigtration to the United states.This book is based on a documentary film of the same name developed for public television and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Although the book consists of only 132 pages it gives an unbelievable account of how the population of Ireland of 8..5 million in 1841 fell to 4..2 million in 1926.It details how the destruction of the potato crop by a fungus,that had appeared at other times and aind other countries had such devastating results in Ireland.It shows why Ireland ,has to this day,continued to be impacted by the action as well as the inaction of the British rulers of Ireland at the time.Although the potato crops failed,all the other sources of food,were not affected,and were continued to be exported from the country.Actually,the British severely hampered the gifts of food and help from other companies,especially America,of help in feeding the people.
This awful situation could have been prevented Historically,it has been described as "The Great Hunger" "The Irish Potato Famine",The Great Famine",etc;anything but what it realyl was "Genocide on the part of the British".
Webster's Dictionary defines genocide as "the deliberate extermination of a race of people,such as the Nazis attempted against the Jews." What happened in Ireland could just as well be used as an example..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Lowis on October 26, 2012
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Using letters to tell the story of Irish emigration is such a good idea. Loved all of this DVD. Learned a great deal..
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By mary e. alina on March 28, 2015
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';ve nearly completed reading this book and just got it yesterday. I like it very much. This is a good book to have and I wish I had seen the documentary. The photos great. Makes it more personal. Sue/Baltimore
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