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The Irish in the Atlantic World presents a transnational and comparative view of the Irish historical and cultural experiences as phenomena transcending traditional chronological, topical, and ethnic paradigms. Edited by David T. Gleeson, this collection of essays offers a robust new vision of the global nature of the Irish diaspora within the Atlantic context from the eighteenth century to the present and makes original inroads for new research in Irish studies. These essays from an international cast of scholars vary in their subject matter from investigations into links between Irish popular music and the United States—including the popularity of American blues music in Belfast during the 1960s and the influences of Celtic balladry on contemporary singer Van Morrison—to a discussion of the migration of Protestant Orangemen to America and the transplanting of their distinctive non-Catholic organizations. Other chapters explore the influence of American politics on the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922, manifestations of nineteenth-century temperance and abolition movements in Irish communities, links between slavery and Irish nationalism in the formation of Irish identity in the American South, the impact of yellow fever on Irish and black labor competition on Charleston's waterfront, the fate of the Irish community at Saint Croix in the Danish West Indies, and other topics. These multidisciplinary essays offer fruitful explanations of how ideas and experiences from around the Atlantic influenced the politics, economics, and culture of Ireland, the Irish people, and the societies where Irish people settled. Taken collectively, these pieces map the web of connectivity between Irish communities at home and abroad as sites of ongoing negotiation in the development of a transatlantic Irish identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. The Irish Atlantic?
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Ireland in the Atlantic World
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Mathewite Temperance in Atlantic Perspective
  2. pp. 19-37
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  1. The Anatomy of Failure: Nineteenth-Century Irish Copper Mining in the Atlantic and Global Economy
  2. pp. 38-52
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  1. Transatlantic Migrations of Irish Music in the Early Recording Age
  2. pp. 53-75
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  1. The “Idea of America” in the New Irish State, 1922–1960
  2. pp. 76-106
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  1. Part II: Irish Identity in the Atlantic World
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. “The Transmigrated Soul of Some West Indian Planter”: Absenteeism, Slavery, and the Irish National Tale
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. Slavery, Irish Nationalism, and Irish American Identity in the South, 1840–1845
  2. pp. 129-153
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  1. “From the Cabins of Connemara to the Kraals of Kaffirland”: Irish Nationalists, the British Empire, and the “Boer Fight for Freedom”
  2. pp. 154-175
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  1. Kathleen O’Brennan and American Identity in the Transatlantic Irish Republican Movement
  2. pp. 176-194
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  1. “Blues Coming down Royal Avenue”: Van Morrison’s Belfast Blues
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. Part III: The Irish in the Atlantic World
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. The “Quadripartite Concern” of St. Croix: An Irish Catholic Experiment in the Danish West Indies
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. The Irish and the Formation of British Communities in Early Massachusetts
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. From Ulster to the Carolinas: John Torrans, John Greg, John Poaug, and Bounty Emigration, 1761–1768
  2. pp. 251-274
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  1. The Orange Atlantic
  2. pp. 307-326
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-341
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611172201
Print ISBN
9781570039089
MARC Record
OCLC
820124127
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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