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The Irish Americans : a history

Author: Jay P Dolan
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Acclaimed scholar Jay P. Dolan's panoramic account traces the Irish experience in the United States from the arrival of the first immigrants, through the dark days of the Great Famine, to John F. Kennedy's election as president. Drawing on original research and recent scholarship, Dolan offers the first general history of the Irish American saga to be published since the 1960s. Rich in detail, balanced in judgment,
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay P Dolan
ISBN: 9781608190102 1608190102
OCLC Number: 601678242
Description: xi, 352 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Part one : The forgotten era, 1700-1840. Here come the Irish --
A time of transition --
Part two : The famine generation and beyond, 1840-1920. The Great Hunger --
From paddies to patriots --
The Catholic Irish --
Born to rule --
Strike --
Nation among nations --
Part three : Becoming American, 1920-1960. Up from the city streets --
Irish Catholicism's Golden Age --
City Hall and the union hall --
Part four : Irish and American, 1960-2000. The triumph of the Irish --
It's chic to be Irish.
Responsibility: Jay P. Dolan.

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Acclaimed scholar Jay P. Dolan's panoramic account traces the Irish experience in the United States from the arrival of the first immigrants, through the dark days of the Great Famine, to John F. Kennedy's election as president. Drawing on original research and recent scholarship, Dolan offers the first general history of the Irish American saga to be published since the 1960s. Rich in detail, balanced in judgment, and the most comprehensive work of its kind, this is an indispensable volume for anyone with an interest in the Irish American tradition. - Back cover.

Follows the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine, the decades of ethnic prejudice and nativist discrimination, the rise of Irish political power, and on to the historic moment when John F. Kennedy was elected to this highest office in the land.

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