1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish-American History

Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History Virtually every chapter of American history has been shaped by the millions of immigrants who have arrived on these shores over the centuries And none so than the Irish As historian Edward T O Donnell

  • Title: 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish-American History
  • Author: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • ISBN: 9780767906869
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Virtually every chapter of American history has been shaped by the millions of immigrants who have arrived on these shores over the centuries And none so than the Irish As historian Edward T O Donnell documents in 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, Irish immigrants have played a central role in the defining the American character and ideVirtually every chapter of American history has been shaped by the millions of immigrants who have arrived on these shores over the centuries And none so than the Irish As historian Edward T O Donnell documents in 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, Irish immigrants have played a central role in the defining the American character and identity For than four hundred years the Irish have fled British oppression, religious persecution, and during the famine years in the 1840s, mass starvation to begin a new life in America Here, while enduring poverty and discrimination, the Irish released their long suppressed talents as entrepreneurs, leaders, scholars, soldiers, builders, athletes, writers, and artists.1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History is a comprehensive and vividly illustrated celebration of Irish enterprise, talent, and courage Organized around such broad subjects as culture, politics, business, religion, and sports, it engagingly profiles the Irish American presidents and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and highlights the ten most important works of Irish American fiction, while offering many surprises Alongside the exploits of Irish American soldiers like General Philip Sheridan, O Donnell tells the incredible story of Jennie Hodgers, a Belfast born woman who served in the Union Army disguised as a man Elsewhere Bing Crosby shares the stage with Willis O Brien, the brilliant pioneer of film animation and the man who brought Nat King Cole to life Entrepreneur Henry Ford is featured with Rose O Neill, inventor of the wildly popular Kewpie Doll And throughout readers will find answers to questions like who was the Murphy who dreamed up Murphy s Law why is a do over shot in golf called a mulligan what exactly does it mean to scream like a banshee and did Mrs O Leary s cow really start the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Written with the understanding that so much of the Irish experience in America is inseparable from the history of the Emerald Isle, 1001 Things also devotes substantial coverage to the history of Ireland.These ingredients combine to demonstrate how the Irish have shaped America and make 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History the ideal book for Irish Americans eager to discover about their rich heritage.

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    1. Well organized and with a well-balanced cache of information. Highly recommended for Irish Americans looking to start getting more in touch with their culture!

    2. A friend sent me a fact I had never heard about Irish History, so I wanted to do some research. This book was fascinating, but didn't touch on the subject I am looking for --so I will be reading lots more books here to try to discover this bit of history. It's interesting to learn how the Irish and English became such enemies. There was no specific incident, but the first I read of any animosity began when Edward the Bruce (d. 1318) brother of Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland invaded Ulster in [...]

    3. I liked O'Donnell's way of organizing by short passages the history of Irish immigration and history and life in America. Beginning with Ireland before 1850, he tracks the Irish waves of immigration to America and beyond and then follows with sections on politics/law, nationalism, religion, the military, culture, science and medicine, business/innovation and sports.So many lives and stories are "snippeted" and often interwoven. The crooks and idealists, the movers and shakers in Ireland and Amer [...]

    4. I really enjoyed the book, it is full of fascinating facts about Ireland and some of the people that emigrated to the United States. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Ireland and it's people would enjoy reading this book.

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