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Some 40 million Americans claim Irish or Scotch-Irish ancestry. This fact makes it impossible to conceive of American history without including the contributions of Irish immigrants. In "Coming to America: Irish Americans, Tom Deignan retells the Irish immigrants' often poignant story. Most of them, after fleeing from oppressive landlords and massive famine, made a harsh and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic, only to face bigotry and hostility in America. Over time, they rallied and earned social respectability as Americans, many of them becoming schoolteachers, police officers, and politicians. One County Wexford immigrant could never have imagined that just over 100 years after he arrived in America and settled in Boston, his grandson would become the first Roman Catholic president of the United States.
Titles in this series:
African Americans Italian Americans Irish Americans Jewish Americans
For the world's oppressed, poor, or simply opportunistic, America has always offered hope, luck, and the chance for a new start. "Coming to America is a nostalgic and evocative series using the authentic voices and personal accounts of the people who undertook--willingly or unwillingly--the often-dangerous voyage to the new country. Authored by specialists in their subjects under the general editorship of Barry Moreno, a curator at Ellis Island Museum, the books contain dozens of voices that speak clearly down the generations. They relate the engrossing stories of their personal histories, their journeys, how they were received, and what they made of their new lives in America.
Tom Deignan is an editor and columnist at the "Irish Voice inNew York City. He has taught history, cinema, and English at St. John's University and the City University of New York. He has written for newspapers including the "Newark Star-Ledger, and for magazines such as "Commonweal, Irish America, and "America. He also writes regularly for the "Sunday Business Post in Dublin.
Barry Moreno is a historian at the Ellis Island Museum. He has worked on a book of interviews of the immigrants passing through Ellis Island in different decades, and was the author of the Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia.
Barry Moreno is an historian at New York's famous Ellis Island Museum, site of America's most important early-twentieth-century immigration center.
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