In Irish America, Maureen Dexell takes a new and invigorated look at Americans of Irish Catholic ancestry--who they are and how they got that way. Focusing on popular culture as well as politics and regionalism, history, reporting and the observations of more than one hundred men and women of Irish descent on both sides of the Atlantic brings a new side of Irish America to light. 261 pages, softcover.
Old-time politics, piety, and St. Patricks Day parades loom large when the Irish come to the American mind. None truly represents the complex legacy or contributions of the nations oldest ethnic group, who rank among the most highly educated and affluent Americans today.
In Irish America, Maureen Dezell takes a new and invigorating look at Americans of Irish Catholic ancestrywho they are, and how they got that way. A welcome antidote to so many standard-issue, sentimental representations of the Irish in the United States, Irish America focuses on popular culture as well as politics; the Irish in the Midwest and West as well as the East; the "new Irish" immigrants; the complicated role of the Church today; and the unheralded heritage of Irish American women. Deftly weaving history, reporting, and the observations of more than 100 men and women of Irish descent on both sides of the Atlantic, Dezell presents an insightful and highly readable portrait of a people and a culture.
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