Fleeing the Famine : North America and Irish Refugees, 1845-1851

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Fleeing the Famine : North America and Irish Refugees, 1845-1851

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 168 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780275976705
  • DDC分類 304.873041509034

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The Irish Potato Famine caused the migration of more than two million individuals who sought refuge in the United States and Canada. In contrast to previous studies, which have tended to focus on only one destination, this collection allows readers to evaluate the experience of transatlantic Famine refugees in a comparative context. Featuring new and innovative scholarship by both established and emerging scholars of Irish America and Irish Canada, it carefully dissects the connection that arose between Ireland and North America during the famine years (1845-1851).

In the more than 150 years since the onset of Ireland's Great Famine, historians have intensely scrutinized the causes, the year-by-year events, and the consequences of his human catastrophe. Who was to blame? Were the hunger and misery inevitable? Did the famine have revolutionary effects on the Irish economy? How did it change the nature of Irish religion? This new study complements the wealth of existing literature on the social, cultural, and political aspects of the Famine and invites the reader to consider the fate of the Irish refugees in their new home lands.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Introduction xi
Part I: Migration
1 Irish Famine Emigrants and the Passage 3 (18)
Trade to North America
William A. Spray
2 The Ties that Bind: The Family Networks of 21 (24)
Famine Refugees at the du Pont Powder Mills,
Margaret M Mulrooney
Part II: Responses
3 The Spirit of Manifest Destiny: The 45 (14)
American Government and Famine Ireland,
Timothy J. Sarbaugh
4 "An Unprecedented Influx": Nativism and 59 (20)
Irish Famine Immigration to Canada
Scott W. See
5 "Celtic Exodus": The Famine Irish, Ethnic 79 (18)
Stereotypes, and the Cultivation of American
Racial Nationalism
Dale T. Knobel
6 Irish American Drama of the 1850's: 97 (16)
National Identity, "Otherness," and
Stephen Watt
Part III: Memories
7 In the Famine's Shadow: An Irish Immigrant 113(20)
from West Kerry to South Dakota, 1881-1979
Kerby A. Miller
8 The Legacy of Irish Emigration to the 133(16)
Canadas in 1847
Cecil J. Houston and William J. Smyth
Index 149(4)
About the Contributors 153