The St. Louis Irish: An Unmatched Celtic Community
A French-founded frontier village that transformed into a booming nineteenth-century industrial mecca dominated by Germans, the city of St. Louis nonetheless resounds from the influence of Irish immigrants. Both the history and the maps of the city are dotted with the enduring legacies of familiar celts—John Mullanphy, John O'Fallon, Cardinal John J. Glennon—but the true marks of the Irish in St. Louis were made by the common immigrants—those who fled their homeland to settle in the Kerry Patch on St. Louis's near north side—and their battle to maintain cultural, ethnographic, and religious roots.
Popular local historian William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., offers readers a look into the history and effects of the Irish immigration to St. Louis. The author can now be placed within a rich Irish heritage in the world of publishing: Joseph Charless, editor of the first newspaper west of the Mississippi, the Missouri Gazette; William Marion Reedy, editor of the Mirror and nineteenth-century literary mogul; Joseph McCullagh, editor of the Globe-Democrat in the late nineteenth century; and controversial author Kate (O'Flaherty) Chopin.
The Irish in St. Louis is an enticing ethnographic history of one nationality clinging to its roots in a melting- pot American city. Both visitor and native St. Louisian, Irish or not, will relish this history of one of St. Louis's most enduring communities.
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St. Louis was “the chief Irish settlement in the United States,” said historian David March. This book discusses the reasons for that, one of which was that the Irish did not like the British, who prevailed east of the Mississippi River. Here is a litany of Irish surnames, some of them familiar from St. Louis landmarks and street names. Irish people who were influential in religion, education, literature, business, industry, politics, labor unions, sports, etc., plus women of distinction. The stories of Bryan Mullanphy on page 38 are heartwarming. A true St. Louis hero, along with fireman Phelim O'Toole. The names change as the city changes: immigration and growth, demographic and ethnic changes, new parishes and institutions. Two chapters cover St. Louis Irish responses to the Civil War. Others tell of Irish participation in the World’s Fair, the world wars, and the World Series. This book may be useful in genealogy research. The map on page 57 shows which Catholic parishes were Irish, which German, and which French--valuable clues in tracking down church records. A very Catholic book. One could argue that it has a pro-clerical bias, but that's the way it was with the Irish. Readable, though poorly edited. It covers all the obvious angles, from the eighteenth century to Mark McGwire's home run chase with Sammy Sosa. Illustrated with many historic photographs.
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St. Louis was “the chief Irish settlement in the United States,” said historian David March. This book discusses the reasons for that, one of which was that the Irish did not like the British, who ... Read full review
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