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Clue by Clue jFew negative things I have to say are slightly petty Parts of the book were boring The chapters were long and sometimes hard to get through I like to read a chapter a day and I would rather have 25 shorter chapters than 13 really long ones but that isust a personal preference I wish he would have interacted with primary source documents and it would have been nice if he had included pictures I realize why he didn t in that it is a big printing cost Nevertheless it would have added a nice dimension to the book I wish he would have spent time talking about the Scotch Irish He does talk briefly about them but he never really discussed the role of their churches on the Irish community I also wished he would have spent time talking about rural Irish communities like the one that Andrew Jackson was born in He can be repetitive at times and his organization is little hard to follow I think however that it is possible that this is Enticed By You (by You, just a personal issue He is linear but heumps around sometimes and that makes it harder for me to followDespite these minor issues I can say this would be a great addition to your library If you are a teacher a history buff or ust an Irish American looking to learn than this book is excellent The language of the book is accessible and there is a wealth of information that you can mine here It is a great starting place for your study but it is not restricted to ust starters It s chic to be Irish as Dolan says He says that when most people are asked about their ethnicity it is Irish that they will usually claim I think it is because the people are scrapers they often strive hard to get ahead in life There is a passionate nature in and they often strive hard get ahead in life There is a passionate nature in that I think that resonates with many people Plus in a way the Irish are the classic underdog When they come to America they are often not wanted and their religion frightens many Anglo Americans However a little over a century later they have one of their own in the White House They are a people with faults but they have made a uniue impression on American life One of my friends an Asian American said to one of my other friends a Polish American What is it about the Irish Everyone in this country has some kind of ethnic heritage but the Irish are always going on about theirs with their Irish baby names their Irish music and Irish ewelry and their all out St Patrick s Day celebrations This book partially answers that uestion with its last chapter It s Chic to be Irish People are proud to claim the Irish traits of wit gregariousness charm and to identify with the underdogs who made good It was not always so that it was chic to be Irish The Irish were once despised as drunken belligerent brutes and feared as dangerous suspicious Papists But it was always true that the Irish clung to their national identity From the time the Irish began to come to this country which began in the 18th century there were Hibernian societies Irish newspapers keeping people informed about political events in the old country and St Patrick s Day parades Letters to family members back home kept the bonds alive Irish nationalist groups raised money in the states and Irish militant leaders made tours of the US to spread awareness of their cause After The Famine Prejudice the famine prejudice poverty caused Irish immigrants to cling together in ethnic enclaves Irish neighborhoods continued into the 1950s as Irish Americans clustered around their parish church The church itself provided a shared culture with Catholic schools and social societies There is much else in this book There are many statistics In New York in 1930 52% of city employees were Irish and sketches of the lives of Irish politicians labor leaders and clerics Irish politicians are particularly numerous culminating in the peak of Irish success John F Kennedy As a people they went from the bottom of the heap to the top so they celebrate A well written survey of the trends and personalities in Irish American history with particular emphasis on politics mostly Irish Nationalist and American city local the labor and unions and the Catholic Church. Crowded with men and women fleeing the potato blight; the vibrant life of Catholic parishes in cities like New York and Chicago; the world of machine politics where ward bosses often held court in the local saloon Rich in colorful detail balanced in udgment and the most comprehensive work of its kind yet published THE AMERICAN IRISH is a lasting achievement by a master historian that will become a must have volume for any American with an interest in the Irish American heritag. ,

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Dolan covers a lot of territory in this history of the Irish coming to America It s what makes it a good experience and a not so good experience reading it While coming to America It s what makes it a good experience and a not so good experience reading it While referenced it s also achingly dense in many areas As an academic Dolan packs demographics and statistics and other numbers into paragraph after paragraph ma This book reads a lot like a textbook and I think it was set up to be one rather than a book that someone can pick up and read for pleasure The book covers the history of the Irish in America extensively Even though it is a extensive history and there is a lot of history I was bored A lot of the information is repeated several times It took me uite a long time to read this book I had trouble really getting into it because it is dry Even though the author obviously If necessary one could use this wonderfully comprehensive yet compellingly narrated book as a resource material The index is great But I am really interested in the topic and so I read it clean through The history of the Irish as immigrants the manner in which we wove ourselves into North American history and not all of it is attractive and the influence we ve had on the country of our origin is well toldKnowing that 200 years ago my people were dead of old age by the time they were the age I am now I feel less like complaining of the little aches and pains that visit us as a conseuence of having cheated the grim reaper I borrowed this book from a family member I give it 4 out of 5 stars It is a very readable history of the Irish in the US The author an emeritus professor of history at Notre Dame University starts out with the forgotten era of Irish emigration to the US pre 1840 During this period there was no differentiation between Protestant and Catholic Irish After the famine migration started the Protestant Irish began to call themselves Scotch Irish a term still used today in the US but not in Ireland where the preferred term is Ulster Irish In subseuent chapters he explores Irish contributions in three main areas the Catholic Church politics and labor The Irish came to dominate the church and labor across the US and politics in many big cities along the East coast of the US The final chapter shows that Irish American support for the peace process in Northern Ireland was crucial both financially and politically This book reads somewhat like a text book which it may be and sometimes becomes a bit repetitive but it contains some very interesting information about the Irish in America We usually think of Irish immigration to the US as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s but it began as early as 1718 when the King James was dethroned by William of Orange and the Protestant church became the Law Of The Land The Catholic Irish Swarmed To The of the land The Catholic Irish swarmed to the in America to escape the Penal Laws which were aimed at them However life wasn t a whole lot better in the soon to be USA and the Irish were only one step up the rung from the African American slaves of the SouthThe narrative follows the growing influence of the Irish in religion politics labor and law enforcement and how against all odds they became powerful movers and shakers in the large cities such as NYC Chicago and Boston And all the names are familiarMayor Jimmy Walker Gov Al Smith who also ran for President Honey Fitz Fitzgerald father of Rose Kennedy Mother Jones labor leader Mayor Richard Daley and the list goes on It culminated with JFK the first Irish Catholic to be elected POTUSThe book drags in a few places and you may find yourself skipping through those parts rather hurriedly but overall it is a fascinating look at Irish immigration and how the Irish overcame the senseless prejudices that in the modern era are now aimed at other ethnic groups in the US Recommended I found it tough to read a history book at this time I knew many pieces of the history and found some of it repetitious like he took a series of lectures or articles that he has written on the topic and put it together without deleting repetitious points Many of the points made me think about current immigran. Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America's most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history In THE IRISH AMERICANS he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States Although than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave T problems and how we have become even less receptive to them than we were when the Irish came Minimum wage religious freedom cultural differences are still reflected on as related to the new immigrant which we need to see the differences as economically based As economics of new immigrants improve the differences seem to diminish Lots to think about and discuss In some ways this is like reading a text book It deals with politics and the unions Not only does the author write about the Irish but also the waves of immigrants Poles Jews Russians Chinese etc that came after them Unlike Emma Lazarus s famous words none of them came after them Unlike Emma Lazarus s famous words none of them received with compassion All had to claw their way in this New World with laws enacted against them and distain and violence heaped on them This book is one that will resonate with so many Americans Like most Americans I am something of a Heinz 59 and Irish is definitely in the mix I think a lot of people can identify with that Having Irish in one s background is something to be proud of and when you read Dolan s book you will understand why The immigrants from Ireland have not had an easy ride in American history In fact they have not an easy ride before migration to North America The deprivations faced by this people group reuired a lot of intestinal fortitude When the challenge arose the Irish were able to overcome the odds and etch out a place in our nation s story Jay Dolan brings the social history of the Irish in America to life Here are a few of the positive and negative aspect to his bookMr Dolan put a lot of time and effort into this work He packs every page with excellent information and some of the anecdotes are nice additions to the main story line I am a historian and there was a lot of things he filled in about Irish history that I was unaware of He really put the migration of the Irish to America in a good context After the Irish arrived they had to work obs that were less than desirable because that s all they could get They proved to be industrious and willing to do what needed to be done This tough hard working ambitious nature made the Irish valuable to our history They came here with the express purpose of succeeding and so often they did The Irish although white had to deal with racism in the United Kingdom and here as well Of course the Irish had their own racist sentiments to deal with as well The relationship between the Irish and the African American community demonstrates that even victims can become perpetrators As they integrated in American life they became accepted yet integration did not mean extinction for their culture and identityHis explanation of Irish culture highlights how extremely loyal they are to their families and communities When placed inside the political setting it proved to be interesting although often corrupt Nepotism patronage and downright bribery were some of the factors that ran the machine I remember reading about Tammany Hall and also about the Daley machine in Chicago in one of my political science classes He talks about the corruption of these two in this book He is fair however and focuses on some positive political forces as well There were many in the Irish political machinery that wanted to reform and clean up some of the corruption I was especially interested in the things he had to say about President Kennedy s grandfather John Fitzgerald as they shed light on President Kennedy as well His assessment of the importance of the Catholic church in the Irish community was very enlightening although I knew some about it already The church often helped reform while at other times it exercised domination over the life of the community I thought that he was unbiased in his representation of the Catholic church neither shying away from criticism or pandering to it Not only would this book be beneficial to a religious group but the book would also be helpful in the study of labor movements The Irish don t mind standing up for their rights and At The Heart Of the heart of reforms in labor stand the Irish pushing and pulling the cart of progress forwardThe. N insightful colorful narrative He follows the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine that brought millions of starving immigrants; the trials of ethnic prejudice and No Irish Need Apply; the rise of Irish political power and the heyday of Tammany politics; to the election of John F Kennedy as president a moment of triumph when an Irish American ascended to the highest office in the landDolan evokes the ghastly ships. ,
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