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ISBN: 1594203253
Author: James R. Barrett
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 1, 2012)
Pages: 400
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics
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In the newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, James R. Barrett chronicles how .

In the newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, James R. Barrett chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, churches, and workplaces of the American city. This process of Americanization from the bottom up was deeply shaped by the Irish. From Lower Manhattan to the South Side of Chicago to Boston’s North End, newer waves of immigrants and African Americans found it nearly impossible to avoid the Irish. They imparted racist attitudes toward African Americans; they established ethnic deadlines across city neighborhoods; they drove other immigrants from docks, factories, and labor unions.

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. 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.

James Barrett, author. The Penguin Press, 2012

James Barrett, author. The Penguin Press, 2012. In the newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, James R. Barrett chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, churches, and workplaces A lively, street-level history of turn-of-the-century urban life explores the Americanizing influence of the Irish on successive waves of migrants to the American city.

The newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, this innovative and fascinating work chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, and churches of the nation's cities during the nineteenth centuryâ?”a process.

The newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, this innovative and fascinating work chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, and churches of the nation's cities during the nineteenth centuryâ?”a process deeply shaped, according to author James R. Barrett, by the Irish

The Irish Way. Becoming American in the Multiethnic City

The Irish Way. Becoming American in the Multiethnic City. This process of Americanization from the bottom up was deeply shaped, Barrett argues, by the Irish.

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the impact of Irish Americans on the so-called 'new immigrants' of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. That was the subject of a fascinating article Barrett published in 2005 in The Journal of American Ethnic History, and thus the reader can be forgiven for believing that the book is going to be a longer, more thorough version of that highly original essay. But The Irish Way does not devote much space to that subject. Nor is it a history of how the Irish became American either.

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A lively, street-level history of turn-of-the-century urban life explores the Americanizing influence of the Irish on successive waves of migrants to the American city.

In the newest volume in the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, James R. Barrett chronicles how a new urban American identity was forged in the streets, saloons, churches, and workplaces of the American city. This process of “Americanization from the bottom up” was deeply shaped by the Irish. From Lower Manhattan to the South Side of Chicago to Boston’s North End, newer waves of immigrants and African Americans found it nearly impossible to avoid the Irish. While historians have emphasized the role of settlement houses and other mainstream institutions in Americanizing immigrants, Barrett makes the original case that the culture absorbed by newcomers upon reaching American shores had a distinctly Hibernian cast.

By 1900, there were more people of Irish descent in New York City than in Dublin; more in the United States than in all of Ireland. But in the late nineteenth century, the sources of immigration began to shift, to southern and eastern Europe and beyond. Whether these newcomers wanted to save their souls, get a drink, find a job, or just take a stroll in the neighborhood, they had to deal with entrenched Irish Americans.

Barrett reveals how the Irish vacillated between a progressive and idealistic impulse toward their fellow immigrants and a parochial defensiveness stemming from the hostility earlier generations had faced upon their own arrival in America. They imparted racist attitudes toward African Americans; they established ethnic “deadlines” across city neighborhoods; they drove other immigrants from docks, factories, and labor unions. Yet the social teachings of the Catholic Church, a sense of solidarity with the oppressed, and dark memories of poverty and violence in both Ireland and America ushered in a wave of progressive political activism that eventually embraced other immigrants.

Drawing on contemporary sociological studies and diaries, newspaper accounts, and Irish American literature, The Irish Way illustrates how the interactions between the Irish and later immigrants on the streets, on the vaudeville stage, in Catholic churches, and in workplaces helped forge a multiethnic American identity that has a profound legacy in our cities today.

Comments:

Dranar
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.
Nilarius
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.
Tolrajas
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.
Hanad
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.
Arashigore
Good documentation of the Irish in America
Weiehan
Interesting. But it got into too much repetitive detail.
Ranicengi
I have not started to read as of yet. Good condition.
Great book

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