The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan


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His writing is colorful and comprehensive with impeccable scholarship evident throughout.
-Publishers Weekly


Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America's most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In THE IRISH AMERICANS, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative. He follows the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine that brought millions of starving immigrants; the trials of ethnic prejudice and "No Irish Need Apply;" the rise of Irish political power and the heyday of Tammany politics; to the election of John F. Kennedy as president, a moment of triumph when an Irish American ascended to the highest office in the land.

Dolan evokes the ghastly ships crowded with men and women fleeing the potato blight; the vibrant life of Catholic parishes in cities like New York and Chicago; the world of machine politics, where ward bosses often held court in the local saloon. Rich in colorful detail, balanced in judgment, and the most comprehensive work of its kind yet published, THE AMERICAN IRISH is a lasting achievement by a master historian that will become a must-have volume for any American with an interest in the Irish-American heritage.


About Jay P. Dolan

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Jay P. Dolan is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame, where he founded the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. He is the author of several books, including his best known work, The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present.
Published June 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Above average

Accomplished and encompassing, though not elegantly written.

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His writing is colorful and comprehensive with impeccable scholarship evident throughout.

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San Francisco Chronicle

on Nov 26 2008

Dolan's book is scholarly and earnest, and will probably become the standard reference on the history of Irish America.

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Foreign Affairs


Dolan has described the full range of the extraordinary Irish contribution to American culture and life.

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California Literary Review

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on Jan 25 2009 the age of Wikipedia...Facts and biographies aren’t enough anymore. Greedy readers today demand that a history provide them with a vision...that can mix personal details with judicious perspective...

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