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The New York Irish [Paperback]

Ronald H. Bayor , Timothy J. Meagher
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July 30 1997
As one of the country's oldest ethnic groups, the Irish have played a vital part in its history. New York has been both port of entry and home to the Irish for three centuries. This joint project of the Irish Institute and the New York Irish History Roundtable offers a fresh perspective on an immigrant people's encounter with the famed metropolis. 37 illustrations.

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New York was the primary entry point for most Irish immigrants coming to America, so the history of the Irish in New York is, to some extent, also the history of the Irish in America. And it's safe to say that reading the essays in The New York Irish would enrich anyone's understanding of American history, which is, of course, the story of how different ethnic groups came together to form a nation. Of particular interest in the collection are essays about the Irish in New York's early days, from the Colonial period up to the years of the Great Famine (which led to the "Great Migration" of Irish to America). The history of the Irish as they sought to become Americans is often painful, and riots, church burnings, and rampant discrimination are recounted in chilling detail. Yet the essays, which have been intelligently selected and organized, are quite readable and often entertaining.

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A handsome, weighty tome that boasts contributions from the cream of Irish history specialists. Irish Echo A landmark work for Irish-American scholarship. Irish Literary Supplement This reading should be compulsory... [for those] who would like to view New York City's history from a different but most significant angle. New-York Genealogical and Biographical Record This Bayor and Meagher collection repays slow, careful reading, from beginning to end, notes and all. The notes and references are excellent. Irish Studies Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive and Significant Jan. 20 2004
I received this book as a gift from a friend who knew I was fascinated with the history of New York City. She was hesitant to give me this gift because she figured I knew just about everything about the history of Irish immigration to New York. She need not have hesitated. This exhaustive and significant collection of essays and excerpts, brilliantly edited by Ronald Bayor and Timothy Meagher, will offer several nuggets of the Irish experience in NYC that that previously had been ignored, overlooked or misinterpreted.
The essays are arranged chronologically from the first Irish to come to America through to the modern era. I particularly enjoyed the sections surrounding the roles of New York Irish during the era surrounding the American Revolutionary War. The discussions about how Protestant Irishmen defended the rights of Catholic Irishmen is extremely interesting and important, as these court decisions cemented the barrier between church and state.
Also, the book is sprinkled with dozens of well-chosen and well-rendered illustrations. But this is by no means a coffee table book. It's demanding reading but the pay-off is extraordinary. You will learn a lot about one of the many groups that helped make New York City, and for that matter, America become great.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive and Significant Jan. 20 2004
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on Amazon.com
I received this book as a gift from a friend who knew I was fascinated with the history of New York City. She was hesitant to give me this gift because she figured I knew just about everything about the history of Irish immigration to New York. She need not have hesitated. This exhaustive and significant collection of essays and excerpts, brilliantly edited by Ronald Bayor and Timothy Meagher, will offer several nuggets of the Irish experience in NYC that that previously had been ignored, overlooked or misinterpreted.
The essays are arranged chronologically from the first Irish to come to America through to the modern era. I particularly enjoyed the sections surrounding the roles of New York Irish during the era surrounding the American Revolutionary War. The discussions about how Protestant Irishmen defended the rights of Catholic Irishmen is extremely interesting and important, as these court decisions cemented the barrier between church and state.
Also, the book is sprinkled with dozens of well-chosen and well-rendered illustrations. But this is by no means a coffee table book. It's demanding reading but the pay-off is extraordinary. You will learn a lot about one of the many groups that helped make New York City, and for that matter, America become great.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! Oct. 5 2012
By Mickey Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Extensively researched and near-perfect examination of the entire history and social dynamics of the Irish-American community in the NYC area. Meagher breaks down everything from the 1700s, 19th-century Famine refugees (Five Points, Hell's Kitchen) all the way through to the 1990s (Bronx, Washington Heights, Queens, LI, Jersey). Absolutely nothing is left out here, including chapters on racial tension and conflicts with blacks and Latinos, Hibernian political and religious groups, police, fire, church and street gangs. This book is absolutely golden and a must for anybody interested in the history of NYC and Irish America. 5 stars hands down.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource Feb. 14 2010
By Kevin Cassidy - Published on Amazon.com
I first saw this book years ago and purchased it in 1997 or so. It has sat on my shelves for years with occasional perusals but never could get interested enough to read it cover to cover. With all the recent snow I have finally done so and am glad I did. The book is a set of essays written on a variety of topics.

I have the quality paperback and have to share that it is losing quite a few pages. I know it is a dozen years old but books should stay in one piece better than this one has.
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