Irish Chicago

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Arcadia Publishing, 2003 - History - 128 pages
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The history of the Irish in Chicago goes back to the days when the city was little more than an outpost on the prairie shores of Lake Michigan. Drawn by opportunities in the growing frontier town, Irish men and women who were fleeing economic hardship and famine in Ireland were quick to make their mark on Chicago's political, religious, and economic life. The unique position of the Irish among immigrant groups-English speaking and more culturally attuned to Anglo-American institutions, yet Catholic-allowed them to flourish in occupations and social positions for which they have become known. Most notably, the Irish in Chicago have produced eight mayors and many bishops. But Irish Chicago is also the story of those who built and enlivened the city: the policemen, firemen, priests, nuns and brothers, tavern owners, educators, transit workers, musicians, and ward politicians made good, and the north, south, and west side neighborhoods and parishes they inhabited.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
lnttoduction
7
The Eatly Yeats
9
Family Life
19
ltish Catholicism
31
4 Music and Dance
49
The Mayots
67
Occupations and Ptofessions
73
Atts and Cultute
87
To Setve and Ptotect
97
Patish Neighbothood and Community
107
Saint Patticks Day
117
Suggested Reading
128
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In Irish Chicago, author John Gerard McLaughlin has created a celebratory family album of Chicago's proud Irish population. McLaughlin is a freelance writer and Chicago native with roots in turn-of-the-century Bridgeport and Canaryville.

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