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The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City (Penguin History of American Life) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143122800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143122807
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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""The Irish Way" will be of high interest to anyone who cherishes the old industrial cities of America and, of course, the Irish story."--"The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

"Barrett has written an excellent, bottom-up survey of the Irish experience over the past two centuries . . . he is most successful in describing the Americanization of policemen, teachers, nuns, and even gang leaders. This is a superior ethnic study that will have value for both scholars and general readers."--"Booklist"

"Portraying colorful characters like New York reformer politician boss Timothy Sullivan and showing how the blending of African-American and Irish dance resulted in tap dancing, Barrett gives us an authoritative, fact-filled analysis."--"Publishers Weekly"

"A fast-paced tour."--"The Boston Globe"

"Richly detailed, often fascinating . . . a very absorbing work of social history." -- "The Wall Street Journal"
"A fast-paced tour." -- "The Boston Globe"
""The Irish Way" will be of high interest to anyone who cherishes the old industrial cities of America and, of course, the Irish story." -- "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Barrett has written an excellent, bottom-up survey of the Irish experience over the past two centuries . . . he is most successful in describing the Americanization of policemen, teachers, nuns, and even gang leaders. This is a superior ethnic study that will have value for both scholars and general readers." -- "Booklist"
"Portraying colorful characters like New York reformer politician boss Timothy Sullivan and showing how the blending of African-American and Irish dance resulted in tap dancing, Barrett gives us an authoritative, fact-filled analysis." -- "Publishers Weekly"

Richly detailed, often fascinating . . . a very absorbing work of social history. The Wall Street Journal
"A fast-paced tour." The Boston Globe
The Irish Way will be of high interest to anyone who cherishes the old industrial cities of America and, of course, the Irish story. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Barrett has written an excellent, bottom-up survey of the Irish experience over the past two centuries . . . he is most successful in describing the Americanization of policemen, teachers, nuns, and even gang leaders. This is a superior ethnic study that will have value for both scholars and general readers. Booklist
Portraying colorful characters like New York reformer politician boss Timothy Sullivan and showing how the blending of African-American and Irish dance resulted in tap dancing, Barrett gives us an authoritative, fact-filled analysis. Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

JAMES R. BARRETT is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism and lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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Fascinating and illuminating account of how the Irish 'civilised' newer immigrants to in New York and Boston
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I Didn't Know About My Fellow Irish 20 April 2013
By P. Lynn Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
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In the '50's, I grew up in the West in a family dominated by the Irish side, in a parish dominated by Irish clergy and in a community in which many Irish (my father included) still worked for the railroads. I never knew the prejudice faced by the Irish who peopled The Irish Way. I never knew how the Irish sometimes fought with and demeaned other ethnic groups. I never thought about the importance of the Irish in unions and public service. I never realized that educating Irish daughters (as I was) was a long tradition as was teaching (which I did for 43 years) and nursing. I never realized how the Irish infiltrated the entertainment industry nor did I realize how ubiquitous was the Irish politician. As Professor Barrett says, the farther west the Irish went, the better it got. I would love to see him write a history of the Irish in the West.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read, Gives Great Historic Perspective 20 Feb. 2017
By davebres - Published on Amazon.com
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Extremely well-written, with great references to sources. This book does a great job of giving historic perspective to the impact the Irish have made in America, and particularly the impact they made on other immigrants for other countries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Irish history 11 July 2014
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Well written, well balanced, and thoughtful, James Barrett's book tells us not only what was happening but why. The social forces surrounding the immigration experience transcend the Irish experience, though for various reasons the Irish experience is unique. This is a must read for anyone interested in Irish history, immigration history, or labor history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun 15 Dec. 2012
By Shorty McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed learning that mobsters of other ethnic backgrounds took on Irish names. And that Irish women named Bridget were counseled to change THEIR names. Irish in the theater, Irish in politics. As I say, lot of fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Nov. 2015
By Charles Kjelland - Published on Amazon.com
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Good documentation of the Irish in America
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