The New York Irish

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Ronald H. Bayor, Timothy Meagher
JHU Press, Sep 30, 1997 - History - 768 pages

When Ellis Island opened in 1892, nearly four million Irish men and women had already made the journey to America. By the 1990s, Ireland had sent another million or more. New York has been both port of entry and home to the Irish for three centuries. During that time, America's premier city has undergone massive changes, and the Irish—one of the country's oldest ethnic groups—have played a vital part in its history.

The New York Irish tackles subjects like the medicalization of anti-immigrant prejudice; entrepreneurship in business; the impact of music and language on ethnic social life; the effect of nationalist movements on local politics; the dynamics of Irish relations with African-Americans, Chinese, and Dominicans; the battle for freedom of religious expression; and the problem of illegal immigration. It offers a fresh perspective on an immigrant people's encounter with the famed metropolis.

A joint project of the Irish Institute and the New York Irish History Roundtable

 

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Contents

PARTI COLONIAL AND EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA
10
Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights 1834
33
The Irish in Colonial
35
Clues to
48
William Sampson
55
The Development of an Irish American Community
70
1844 to 1877
87
Irish Emigrant Society office
92
The Gael November 1900
269
Irish County Societies in New York 18801914
275
County Monaghan Mens Society dance class
293
The Irish American Worker in Transition
301
Laying street railway tracks c 1891
302
Key Themes
321
St Columcille Branch FOIF
333
Freshman class St Francis College
343

July 12 1871 OrangeGreen riot
98
Irish
107
Sixth Ward 1846 map
111
ChineseIrish
125
How the Chinaman Might Gain Favor
133
Illness and Medical Care among Irish
153
Irish Entrepreneurs
169
Devlin Co billhead
184
The Irish Community and
193
Departure of the Sixtyninth Regiment 1861
196
The Tigers Share
211
1877 to 1914
213
St Vincents Nursery
220
25th Precinct station house
230
Irish Catholics in
234
St Patricks Cathedral Grand Fair
242
Striking for Ireland on the New York Docks
357
John
374
Irish
395
1945 to 1992
419
The Irish
439
Contents A Social Profile of Recent Irish Immigration in
461
New York
508
Conclusion
533
Statistical Tables
551
Percentage of Gainfully Employed Workers in Foreignborn Families xiii
561
Maps
565
Notes
575
Select Bibliography
703
Contributors
709
Index
715
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About the author (1997)

Ronald H. Bayor is professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Timothy J. Meagher is archivist and museum director at the Catholic University of America.