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    • September 2005
    • 9780231120708
  • 384 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $65.00
  • / £45.00


    • September 2005
    • 9780231510707
  • 384 Pages
  • E-book
  • $64.99
  • / £45.00

The Columbia Guide to Irish American History

Timothy J. Meagher

Once seen as threats to mainstream society, Irish Americans have become an integral part of the American story. More than 40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and the culture and traditions of Ireland and Irish Americans have left an indelible mark on U.S. society. Timothy J. Meagher fuses an overview of Irish American history with an analysis of historians' debates, an annotated bibliography, a chronology of critical events, and a glossary discussing crucial individuals, organizations, and dates. He addresses a range of key issues in Irish American history from the first Irish settlements in the seventeenth century through the famine years in the nineteenth century to the volatility of 1960s America and beyond. The result is a definitive guide to understanding the complexities and paradoxes that have defined the Irish American experience.

Throughout the work, Meagher invokes comparisons to Irish experiences in Canada, Britain, and Australia to challenge common perceptions of Irish American history. He examines the shifting patterns of Irish migration, discusses the role of the Catholic church in the Irish immigrant experience, and considers the Irish American influence in U.S. politics and modern urban popular culture.

Meagher pays special attention to Irish American families and the roles of men and women, the emergence of the Irish as a "governing class" in American politics, the paradox of their combination of fervent American patriotism and passionate Irish nationalism, and their complex and sometimes tragic relations with African and Asian Americans.

About the Author

Timothy J. Meagher is associate professor of history and curator of the American Catholic History Collections at Catholic University. He is the author of several works, including The New York Irish (with Ronald Bayor) and Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class, and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880 to 1928, winners of the James Donnelly prize for the Best Book in Irish American history.

If you want a heroic effort at encapsulating Irish American history, this is your book.

Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book.

Jay P. Dolan

For those interested in getting a broad overview of Irish American history, pop culture and sociology... an excellent read.

The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person.

James A. Cox

Very well excellent starting point for readers new to the topic.

Agnes H. Widder

This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential.

A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship.

Bill Mulligan

PrefacePart I. A History of Irish Americans from the Seventeenth to the Twenty-first Century Introduction: The Irish as Immigrants and Ethnics1. Irish Immigration to Colonial America2. Irish America from the Revolution to the Famine3. The Famine Years4. The Turn of the Twentieth Century5. The Twentieth Century6. The 1960s to the PresentPart II. Issues and Themes in Irish American History 1. Irish American Gender and Family2. Irish Americans in Politics3. Irish American Nationalism4. Irish Americans and RacePart III. Important People, Organizations, Events, and Terms Part IV. Chronology of Irish America Part V. Bibliography

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006