The Irish Way

The Irish Way

Becoming American in the Multiethnic City

Book - 2012
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This street-level history of turn-of-the-century urban life explores the Americanizing influence of the Irish on successive waves of migrants to the American city. The author, a historian chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the interactions between immigrants in the streets, saloons, churches, and workplaces of the American city. For good or ill, he contends, this process of Americanization was shaped largely by the Irish. From Boston to Chicago, newer waves of immigrants and African Americans found it nearly impossible to avoid the entrenched Irish. While other historians have long emphasized the role of settlement houses and other mainstream institutions in Americanizing immigrants, the author makes the original case that the culture absorbed by newcomers had a distinctly Hibernian cast. Drawing on contemporary sociological studies, Irish American literature, and newspaper accounts, this book recounts how the interactions between the Irish and later immigrants helped to forge a multiethnic American identity that has a profound legacy in our cities today.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781594203251
Branch Call Number: 305.89162073 B2744i 2012
Characteristics: 384 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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