The Columbia Guide to Irish American History

Timothy J. Meagher

Columbia University Press

The Columbia Guide to Irish American History

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Pub Date: September 2005

ISBN: 9780231120708

384 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $75.00£62.95

Pub Date: September 2005

ISBN: 9780231510707

384 Pages

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The Columbia Guide to Irish American History

Timothy J. Meagher

Columbia University Press

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.
If you want a heroic effort at encapsulating Irish American history, this is your book. Library Journal
Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book. Jay P. Dolan, America
For those interested in getting a broad overview of Irish American history, pop culture and sociology... an excellent read. Irish America Magazine
The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person. James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
Very well done...an excellent starting point for readers new to the topic. Agnes H. Widder, American References Books Annual
This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential. Choice
A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship. Bill Mulligan, H-Net
Preface
Part I. A History of Irish Americans from the Seventeenth to the Twenty-first Century
Introduction: The Irish as Immigrants and Ethnics
1. Irish Immigration to Colonial America
2. Irish America from the Revolution to the Famine
3. The Famine Years
4. The Turn of the Twentieth Century
5. The Twentieth Century
6. The 1960s to the Present
Part II. Issues and Themes in Irish American History
1. Irish American Gender and Family
2. Irish Americans in Politics
3. Irish American Nationalism
4. Irish Americans and Race
Part III. Important People, Organizations, Events, and Terms
Part IV. Chronology of Irish America
Part V. Bibliography

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.