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Erin's Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century Paperback – Nov 1 1983

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1st edition (Nov. 1 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801828724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801828720
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,343,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most sensitive treatment of Irish culture... [and] the most complete history we have of the Irish female experience. Labor History A vision of women with their own economic aspirations, actively engaged in the climb towards financial security. Women's Review of Books

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Hasia Diner is professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Erin's Daughters in America and A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880 (Volume II in the series The Jewish People in America), both available from Johns Hopkins.


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Although at first glance Diner's exhaustive study appears to be fraught with the political correctness and feminist biases that plague so many American academics, in reality _Erin's Daughters_ portrays the story of a gallant group that was able to overcome barriers of poverty, ignorance, and disease to succeed in a New World. The Irish women received no help from the government, from existing charities, or from the Catholic Church, but they were still able to reach the promised land of middle-class America due to their focus on economic goals. The women of Ireland carried their cultural values to America with them, playing a key role in the development of the greatest nation on earth. In order to understand this role, I urge you to read this book.
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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2001
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The second half of the book is clearly superior to the first half. The lack of hard data from prior to and immediately after the Famine seems to lead the author to some curious and questionable conclusions regarding the economic motivation of the Irish women in America. She repeatedly attributes late marriage and spinsterhood to the "traditional" cultural separation of Irish women and men along with the general lack of character of the Irish male. She fails to examine the profound impact of the Famine on women--watching their families and friends starve to death along with forced immigration--and their determination to prevent this from happening again. I found her theories rather determindly sexist.
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HASH(0xa0bab0d8) out of 5 stars A worthwhile addition to anyone's Irish library Jan. 28 2001
By Emmet Christoir O'Tuathaigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although at first glance Diner's exhaustive study appears to be fraught with the political correctness and feminist biases that plague so many American academics, in reality _Erin's Daughters_ portrays the story of a gallant group that was able to overcome barriers of poverty, ignorance, and disease to succeed in a New World. The Irish women received no help from the government, from existing charities, or from the Catholic Church, but they were still able to reach the promised land of middle-class America due to their focus on economic goals. The women of Ireland carried their cultural values to America with them, playing a key role in the development of the greatest nation on earth. In order to understand this role, I urge you to read this book.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bab4e0) out of 5 stars Questionable scholarship Feb. 21 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second half of the book is clearly superior to the first half. The lack of hard data from prior to and immediately after the Famine seems to lead the author to some curious and questionable conclusions regarding the economic motivation of the Irish women in America. She repeatedly attributes late marriage and spinsterhood to the "traditional" cultural separation of Irish women and men along with the general lack of character of the Irish male. She fails to examine the profound impact of the Famine on women--watching their families and friends starve to death along with forced immigration--and their determination to prevent this from happening again. I found her theories rather determindly sexist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bab30c) out of 5 stars Excellent resource April 26 2014
By Nancy Glidden Coffey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is fascinating, well researched book on Irish immigrant women in the 19th century. It is a very well documented study that sheds light on working class women in the 19th century.
HASH(0xa0bab5ac) out of 5 stars Worth reading Oct. 13 2011
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While I don't agree with everything Ms. Dinar has to say, this is a very solid book and far from being a feminist interpretation, I found it as willing to blame Irish women as to excuse them.

As another reviewer pointed out, the second half is much stronger and it is fairly obvious that the writer is most comfortable once she has real numbers to theorize from.

The one quibble - due to when she wrote this book (1983), Ms. Dinar feels that schizophrenia is a reaction to upbringing and blames the high rate of schizophrenia in Irish males on their mothers. Since I'm fairly certain that the new research leads to a biological & inherited basis, this would be like blaming Tay Sachs on the fact that Jewish mothers made chicken soup. I think if she had the time a new look at this would update the book wonderfully and certainly make my review more positive.
HASH(0xa0bab858) out of 5 stars Revealing Study of Irish Women in America Dec 9 2015
By Mary S - Published on Amazon.com
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Prior to reading Erin's Daughters, I assumed that the Irish emigrated as families. After reading the book, I researched my family's history in a coal-mining town in northeast PA and found single Irish women working on isolated farms and for professionals as early as 1860. After further research, I learned that my great-grandmother (seen sitting in the photo) was the first of her family to emigrate to America. After her arrival, she sent for two brothers, one of whom was killed in the mines. (Her husband was killed in a roof fall in the mines.) A sister followed and worked as a domestic in Boston. I would never have imagined my great-grandmother as being the vanguard of her family before reading this book.


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