By David T. Gleeson

The single finished research of Irish immigrants within the nineteenth-century South, this e-book makes a useful contribution to the tale of the Irish in the USA and to our realizing of southern tradition.

The Irish who migrated to the previous South struggled to make a brand new domestic in a land the place they have been considered as foreigners and have been set aside via language, excessive premiums of illiteracy, and their very own self-identification as transitority exiles from famine and British misrule. They countered this isolation through growing vivid, tightly knit ethnic groups within the towns and cities around the South the place they discovered paintings, frequently menial jobs. discovering power of their groups, Irish immigrants built the arrogance to elevate their voices within the public enviornment, forcing local southerners to acknowledge and settle for them--first politically, then socially.

The Irish built-in into southern society with out leaving behind their ethnic id. They displayed their loyalty by way of struggling with for the Confederacy through the Civil conflict and specifically through opposing the unconventional Reconstruction that undefined. via 1877, they have been a different a part of the "Solid South." in contrast to the Irish in different components of the USA, the Irish within the South needed to healthy right into a nearby tradition in addition to American tradition in most cases. through following their makes an attempt to turn into southerners, we study a lot in regards to the designated adventure of ethnicity within the American South.

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