Who's Your Paddy?
Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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I wish to thank many people who helped me develop this project over several years. First and foremost, I thank Adam Green, whose unwaver-ing encouragement and patience gave me the confidence to embark on this journey. Lisa Duggan, Faye Ginsburg, Arlene Davila, and Andrew Ross were incredibly generous with their time and suggestions. David ...
Introduction: Who’s Your Paddy? Irish Immigrant Generations in Greater New York
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...“I was never racist until I came to this country,” I was told by John, an Irish immigrant newcomer to Yonkers, New York, in the early spring of 1996. This nineteen-square-mile city of 200,000, which shares southern and eastern borders with the Bronx in New York City, gained national ity resisted the desegregation of public schools and housing. Shortly ...
1. From City of Hills to City of Vision: The History of Yonkers, New York
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...to the north.uni00A0 .uni00A0 .uni00A0 .uni00A0 In sum, there is a defiant nostalgia here, that, too, is apt. During an era that no one still living actually In 1969, after two weeks of public hearings, a New York State Commis-sion of Investigation discovered a private carting deal with Mafia lead-ers that cost the city of Yonkers approximately dollar.oldstyle1 million a year. When ...
2. Good Paddies and Bad Paddies: The Evolution of Irishness as a Race-Based Tradition in the United States
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In 1863, the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day celebration transpired in the city of Yonkers. After attending mass at St. Mary’s, “handsomely dressed” participants marched through the streets and avenues of Getty Square in the city’s southwest quadrant. Every residence “proudly” dis-played American f_lags. A St. Patrick’s Day ball was added in 1876, and ...
3. Bar Wars: Irish Bar Politics in Neoliberal Ireland and Neoliberal Yonkers
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During the early 1990s, the southeast section of McLean Avenue wit-nessed the arrival of several stand-alone drinking establishments that were patronized largely by working-class, undocumented Irish immi-grant newcomers. This shift marked the arrival of bad Paddies in the city of Yonkers. In response to homeowners’ complaints, the city coun-...
4. They’re Just Like Us: Good Paddies and Everyday Irish Racial Expectations
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...“They’re were just like us,” I am told by Frank, a thirty-four-year-old assimilated Irish ethnic, as he describes the people he met during the first of many visits to Ireland. “It was as if my family never left Ireland.” He also added, “I felt like I picked up where they left off one hundred and fifty years ago.” When I asked Frank whether he patronized the ...
5. Bad Paddies Talk Back
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This chapter highlights the voices of Irish newcomers, both new and newer Irish immigrants in Yonkers, and how they interact with the good Paddy Irish model. As with chapter 4, this chapter begins with the St. Patrick’s Day season but does so through the experience of these more recent arrivals to Yonkers. While conditions, both in Ireland and ...
6. Paddy and Paddiette Go to Washington: Race and Transnational Immigration Politics
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Contemporary immigration politics is among the most complex and volatile sites of identity and belonging in the United States. As with urban redevelopment policies, immigration politics are as contradic-tory as ever in this current neoliberal climate. This is perhaps best illus-trated by the Secure Communities Program, which was established in ...
Conclusion: To Belong
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Because the U.S. Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, some undocumented newcomers in Yonkers returned to Ireland. Caroline, who worked as an undocumented waitress for eleven years, is one of my informants who returned that winter. She e-mailed me with her first impressions of how Ireland changed since ...
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About the Author
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Jennifer Nugent Duffy is Associate Professor of History at Western ...
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Publication Year: 2013