In an accessible introduction to the subject, Irish Immigrants covers everything about the Irish people who ventured to America. Among other significant facts and events, it discusses three main factors that led to Irish immigrationpoverty, overpopulation, and dependence on a single cropand describes the role of the English system of land ownership and the religious wars of the 17th century. A final chapter provides a summary of Irish Americans in the present day and includes several cultural notes, including a selection of recent and current singers, politicians, artists, actors, and other notable figures of Irish heritage. Examining all aspects of Irish immigration with the help of numerous photographs, illustrations, and original source materials, Irish Immigrants is a perfect reference for any public library or middle and high school classroom.
History covered includes:
- How oppression by the English spurred immigration
- Tensions between the Protestants and the Catholics
- The 1690 Battle of the Boyne
- Potato famine
- Irish immigrants’ contribution to the American Revolution and the Civil War
- How Irish people entered into city politics and culture, including gangs, secret clubs, and unions
- New York City’s Ancient Order of Hibernians
- Tenement life in New York City and elsewhere.
20-30 black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Approximately 2 maps. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Further reading. Box features.
About the Author(s)
Timothy J. Paulson holds a B.A. in English literature from Reed College and has more than 20 years of experience in publishing. He founded and was publisher of a children’s book company that produced more than 100 books from concept to final film. Among these were 20 books of the award-winning series, History of the Civil War and History of Civil Rights, which won the NYPL Best Books for the Teen Age Award.