The St. Louis Irish: An Unmatched Celtic Community

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Missouri History Museum, 2001 - History - 270 pages
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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 ... Read full review

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As one of Irish heritage who grew up in the St. Louis area, this is quite the historical read. Also, it discusses the role the "Kerry Patch" (where my grandpa grew up) and soccer played in the St. Louis Irish community. Read full review

Contents

Creating a French Colonial Community
1
Gauls Welcome Gaels
7
The Chief Irish Settlement in the U S
11
Irish Business After the War of 1812
17
Three Scintillating Celts
25
Irish Help IrishAnd Others
31
Celts Teach Learn and Care
41
Expanding Neighborhoods Welcome a Windfall
53
New Irish Names Surface
129
St Louis Irish Writers
135
An Amasser of Money and a Martyr for Justice
143
Worlds Fair and World War
153
The St Louis Irish in a Melting Pot
163
Irish St Louisans on the Political Scene in Washington
167
Noted Irish Clerical Personalities 19201940
173
St Louis Irish in Education
179

Bigotry and Blunders Break the Bond
61
Blessing or Bane?
69
St Louis Irish in Blue and Gray
77
Reunited St Louis Irish
85
Irish Carry On in a Changed Community
91
Women of Distinction in PostCivil War St Louis
95
And Still They Came
101
Irish Parishes Organizations and Colleges
109
The Citys Most Popular Irishman?
117
Twilight of the Lion
125
St Louis Irish in Labor Leadership
187
Irish Clergy and a GermanAmerican Archbishop
193
St Louis Irish in Sports
199
Moving into the Sixties
211
The Tentative Seventies
217
A TwoParade City
225
Epilogue
233
Index
249
Photo Credits
267
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About the author (2001)

William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., is Professor Emeritus in history at Saint Louis University. He is the author of numerous books, including Dream by the River: Two Centuries of Saint Louis Catholicism, 1766-1967; Henry Shaw: His Life and Legacies; and St. Louis: A Concise History.

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