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The History Of The Irish In America

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


And what a history it is! Irish were among the very first settlers in America, a few as adventurers, most as servants some as parolees. Soon, they came in larger numbers, Protestants looking for religious freedom escape from British intolerance; they would soon become the most ardent revolutionaries. Then they came in hoards, Catholics, unlettered, unwashed and unwanted threatening the very existence of a still-young America. As those arrivals pushed out from the ghettoes of American cities, they changed America forever, demanding that the country live up to the promises of the Constitution and setting an example for immigrant groups who followed. By the early 20th Century, the Irish controlled the big cities and had begun to frequent the halls of Congress and the board rooms of Wall Street. We’ll follow their paths, for those were diverse and often at odds; and conclude with a consideration of Irish America today, including the very real question: “Is there an Irish America?”

*5 Sessions

Tues, Mar 15 – Apr 12


March 15
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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