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The American Irish

Author: William V Shannon
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Macmillan, [1963] ©1963
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The Irish are now among the oldest and best integrated groups in our society. The election of John F. Kennedy to the presidency demonstrates how much they are taken for granted by other Americans. This book puts forward an interpretation of the Irish based upon their history and culture, not upon their race in any biological sense. The Catholic religion has been a major component in the history and culture of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shannon, William Vincent.
American Irish.
New York, Macmillan [1963]
(OCoLC)558440464
Online version:
Shannon, William Vincent.
American Irish.
New York, Macmillan [1963]
(OCoLC)625144554
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William V Shannon
OCLC Number: 422229
Description: xiii, 458 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The Irish inheritance --
The struggle for the city --
Politics and civil war --
The Irish style in politics --
Tammany --
The Gold Coast Irish --
Idols of the crowd --
Cardinal Gibbons --
The changing image --
The education of Al Smith --
Boston Irish --
The legend of Jim Curley --
The Irish in literature --
The Irish in the theater --
A tale of two priests --
The New Deal: the opportunity --
The New Deal: the aftermath --
McCarthyism --
President John F. Kennedy.
Responsibility: by William V. Shannon.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_325655
991000068299705351

Abstract:

The Irish are now among the oldest and best integrated groups in our society. The election of John F. Kennedy to the presidency demonstrates how much they are taken for granted by other Americans. This book puts forward an interpretation of the Irish based upon their history and culture, not upon their race in any biological sense. The Catholic religion has been a major component in the history and culture of the American Irish. With minor exceptions, this book discusses only the Catholic Irish. Because I am interested only in those who thought of themselves as Irish and who are related to the Irish community in some meaningful way, I have not tried in the name of racial imperialism to track down and annex to this story every person of remote Irish ancestry. The main story of the Irish in America begins with the famine generation who began to come to this country after 1830. My principle in organizing this book has been to emphasize those activities in which the presence of the Irish has made a significant difference as against what might have occurred if no Irish had come to this country. These fields are politics, religion, the theater, literature, and such specialized activities as prizefighting and law enforcement. - Preface.
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