Irish in Minnesota

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 89 pages
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In St. Paul, where they were outnumbered by Germans immigrants, they nonetheless left a lasting legacy, so that today most Minnesotans think of St. Paul as an Irish town. As farmers and laborers, policemen and politicians, maids and seamstresses, their hard work helped to build the state. Wherever they settled, the Irish founded churches and community organizations, became active in politics, and held St. Patrick's Day parades, inviting all Minnesotans to become a little bit Irish. Author Ann Regan examines the history of these surprising contradictions, telling the diverse stories of the Irish in Minnesota.
 

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Contents

Early Settlements
7
Finding Homes across the State
15
St Paul and Minneapolis
28
Maintaining Community and Identity
43
Being American Remembering Roots
54
A Domestic Workers Journal by Winnifred Lydon
67
For Further Reading
71
Notes
73
Index
85
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