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Irish American Gael-Mheiriceánach Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia Languages American English Religion Roman Catholic (predominant) Presbyterian Church of Ireland Related ethnic groups Irish people, Irish Canadians, Irish Mexicans, Welsh Americans, Scots-Irish Americans, Scottish Americans

Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States of Irish ethnicity who trace their ancestry in Ireland. A total of 36,495,800 Americans (more than 12% of total population) reported Irish ancestry in the 2006 American Community Survey.[2] The only self-reported ancestral group larger than Irish Americans are German Americans.[2] This figure does not include the approximately five million reporting ScotsIrish ancestry, who are counted separately.

Immigration to America
Roman Catholics
Irish Catholics had been migrating to the United States in moderate numbers, even before the American Revolution, some as ordinary domestic servants, some as indentured servants, or as a result of penal deportations; their numbers had increased immensely by the 1820s as migrants, mostly males, became involved in canal building, lumbering and civil construction works in the Northeast.[3] The large Erie Canal project was one such example where Irishmen were the majority of the laborers used. Small but tight communities developed in growing cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, New York City and Providence. During and after the "Great Irish Famine" (or Great Hunger; Irish: An Gorta Mór) of 1845-1849, millions of Irish Catholics came to North America, primarily Canada and the

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Total population 36,495,800 [1]
12.1% of the US population (2006)

Regions with significant populations Throughout the entire Northeast, the West Coast, much of the South and Midwest, cities of

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United States. Many Irish who left Ireland for America during the famine and subsequent years died en route due to poverty, ill health and poor conditions. As a result the ships they travelled on became known as coffin ships.[3] Nearly a third of all Irish emigrants during this period emigrated to Canada, having a large impact on a smaller population there as many arrived in a disease stricken state. Although the greater portion of these arrivals stayed in Canada, particularly in Toronto and Ontario, a significant number moved on to the United States to join quickly growing Irish American communities, some after staying in Canada for only a few years.

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Francisco. Even today, many of these cities still retain a substantial Irish American community while New York City still has more people who claim Irish heritage than Dublin’s whole population. These cities became the conduit through which Irish, both Protestant and Catholic, entered American society. Recruiting drives to enlist recent Catholic Irish emigrants as field soldiers during the Mexican-American War and later the American Civil War proved troublesome for the U.S. Army, but without employment some Catholic Irish wound up enlisting anyway. Draft riots occurred, the best known being the New York Draft Riots resulting from conscription ordered by President Lincoln in 1863. After 1860, Irish Catholic immigration continued, due to family reunification, mostly to the large cities where Irish American neighborhoods had previously been established. The majority of Irish immigrants probably spoke English; some were bilingual or native speakers of Irish. According to the latest census, the Irish language ranks 66th out of the 322 languages spoken today in the U.S., with over 25,000 speakers. New York State has the most Irish Gaelic speakers, and Massachusetts the highest percentage, of the 50 states.

Scots-Irish and Irish Protestants
The term Scots-Irish (aka Ulster-Scots) is usually used to designate descendants of Scottish immigrants to Ireland who later emigrated to North America. Initially they were known as Irish until the large 19th century Catholic Irish migrations, . Ulster is a region where much intermingling of Scots, English, and Irish people took place due to the Ulster Plantations; the U.S. Census of 2000 reported 4.9 million self-identified members of this group. This group primarily originates with around a quarter of a million Scots-Irish who fled the economic distress and social upheaval of Ulster in the 18th century. They emigrated to America primarily before 1776 as subjects of the British Empire moving from one region to another. Many of the "English" and "Scots-Irish" Protestants had assimilated into society by the time the large numbers of Irish Catholic immigrants arrived. When the Scots-Irish first arrived, they were perceived as a

Gravestone in Boston Catholic cemetery erected in memory of County Roscommon native born shortly before The Great Famine Between 1820 and 1860, the Irish constituted over one third of all immigrants to the United States, and two-thirds of these Irish immigrants were Catholic. This trend reached its peak in 1840, when nearly half of all immigrants to the United States originated from Ireland.[4] Many of these immigrants went to the largest cities, especially Boston and New York, as well as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Missouri and San

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farmers or ranchers.[5] In the East, the laborers were hired by Irish labor contractors to work in "labor gangs" as manual laborers on canals, railroads, streets, sewers and other construction projects, particularly in New York state and New England. Large numbers moved to New England mill towns, such as Lowell, Massachusetts,Taunton, Massachusetts, Brockton, Massachusetts, Fall River, Massachusetts and Milford, Massachusetts, where Protestant owners of textile mills welcomed the new low-wage workers. They took the jobs previously held by Yankee Protestant women known as Lowell girls. A large fraction of Irish Catholic women took jobs as maids in middle class households and hotels. Large numbers of unemployed Irish Catholics lived in squalid conditions in the new city slums.[6] Although the Irish Catholics started very low on the social status scale, by 1900, they had jobs and earnings about equal on average to their neighbors. After 1945, the Catholic Irish consistently ranked toward the top of the social hierarchy, thanks especially to their high rate of college attendance.[7] The Irish quickly found employment in the police departments, fire departments and other public works of major cities, largely in the North East and around the Great Lakes. In the 1860s more than half of those arrested in New York City were Irish born or of Irish descent but nearly half of the City’s law enforcement officers were also Irish. By the turn of the century, five out of six NYPD officers were Irish born or of Irish descent. Irish Americans continue to have a disproportionate membership in the law enforcement community, especially in New England, where they continue to have a dominating role. When the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department was formed in 1973, half of the city’s police officers became members.

The Chicago River, dyed green for the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day celebration. distinctive group who settled mostly in the backcountry; not only were the Irish Catholics a much larger group arriving in a later era of immigration, but they were at first separated from the main society by their Catholic religion and also by the long tradition of oppression by the English. In addition, they came from a mostly rural culture and entered cities in the United States which were rapidly industrializing. They had additional challenges than did the Scots-Irish who could become yeoman farmers in the early generations. These issues affected how Americans received Irish Catholics, as well as how they took to the United States. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the historical roots of Irish Protestants in North America. The Protestant Irish, particularly of the Scots-Irish background, usually retained a strong interest in farming, herding, and hunting. Additionally through the cousinage and clan ties, many of the Scots-Irish were rapidly encouraged to move onto the frontier where fellow Scots-Irish and American natives of ScotsIrish background awaited. Nonetheless, a significant number of the Scots-Irish who remained in the cities of the United States quickly took advantage of the new Republic’s opportunities and assimilated into the artisan, craftsmen, and small business classes.

Discrimination
It was common for Irishmen to be discriminated against in social situations. Intermarriage between Catholics and Protestants was uncommon, and strongly discouraged by both ministers and priests. Public schools relied heavily on the King James Version of the Bible, with passages considered derogatory by Catholics; an important response was the creation of a

Occupations
Many Irish Catholic immigrants went directly to the cities, mill towns, and railroad or canal construction sites in the east coast. In upstate New York, the Great Lakes area, the Midwest and the Far West, many became

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Irish were credited with dominating the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the East building railroads needed for oil refining and for the trans-continental railroads, but were gradually replaced as the transcontinental railroad went West where Asian American labor was cheaper and less likely to demand union representation.[9] According to Stephen Ambrose, approximately one-third of the workers died building the trenches for the tracks, often disappearing, never to be brought home. The emancipation of slaves was an issue the railroads lobbied for heavily, one that inspired them to turn to Abraham Lincoln. The industry planned for a huge influx of cheap labor to escalate the dangerous work of building railroads. The issue caused much concern for the Irish in the Northeast.

New York Times want ad 1854–only newspaper ad with NINA for men. There was sporadic discrimination against Irish-Americans in line with discrimination based on religion (Protestantism v Catholicism), as depicted here in the ad with NINA and also the lyrics of the song noted here. Some argue that this discrimination did not exist but, regardless of the extent of its existence, or more importantly certain individual’s opinion of its pervasiveness, these two pictoral examples prove irrefutably that it did indeed exist. NINA signs were also common in London and the memory of discrimination in Britain was imported to the US where such discrimination did indeed exist.

1862 song that used the "No Irish Need Apply" slogan. It was copied from a similar London song.[8] Catholic parochial school system. These schools, and numerous Catholic colleges, allowed Irish youth to be educated without this discrimination in public school systems. Prejudice against Irish Catholics in the US reached a peak in the mid-1850s with the Know Nothing Movement, which tried to oust Catholics from public office. Thomas Hardy and Thomas Nast published popular political cartoons of Irish drinking, fighting, ignoring their children, gambling, and crowding poorhouses. After 1860 the Irish sang songs (see illustration) about signs reading "HELP WANTED - NO IRISH NEED APPLY", which were also referred to as "the NINA signs." The song may have had a deep impact on the Irish sense of discrimination, and these "Nina" signs continue to be referred to today (2009).

Stereotypes
Irish Catholics were popular targets for stereotyping. According to historian George Potter, the media often stereotyped the Irish in America as being boss-controlled, violent (both among themselves and with those of other ethnic groups), voting illegally, prone to alcoholism, and dependent on street gangs that were often violent or criminal. Potter quotes contemporary newspaper images:

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You will scarcely ever find an Irishman dabbling in counterfeit money, or breaking into houses, or swindling; but if there is any fighting to be done, he is very apt to have a hand in it." Even though Pat might "’meet with a friend and for love knock him down,’" noted a Montreal paper, the fighting usually resulted from a sudden excitement, allowing there was "but little ’malice prepense’ in his whole composition." The Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati in 1853, saying that the "name of ’Irish’ has become identified in the minds of many, with almost every species of outlawry," distinguished the Irish vices as "not of a deep malignant nature," arising rather from the "transient burst of undisciplined passion," like "drunk, disorderly, fighting, etc., not like robbery, cheating, swindling, counterfeiting, slandering, calumniating, blasphemy, using obscene language, &c.[10] The Irish had many humorists of their own, but were scathingly attacked in German American cartoons, especially those in Puck magazine from the 1870s to 1900. In addition, the cartoons of German American Thomas Nast were especially hostile; for example, he depicted the Irish-dominated Tammany Hall machine in New York City as a ferocious tiger.[11]

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did not object to the Irish, because Irish immigration never threatened to overwhelm their cities or states....The Irish were willing to take on potentially high-mortality occupations, thereby sparing valuable slave property. Some employers objected not only to the cost of Irish labor but also to the rowdiness of their foreign-born employees. Nevertheless, they recognized the importance of the Irish worker to the protection of slavery. The Irish endorsement of slavery and the efforts of the Irish to preserve the South as "a white man’s country" after emancipation only endeared them further to southerners. The Catholicism practiced by Irish immigrants was of little concern to Southern natives.[12] The influence of the Presbyterian Irish Americans on the very foundation of the nation cannot be understated. The Declaration of Independence was drafted in handwriting by, and printed by, one such man — John Dunlap; the Great Seal of the US was designed by another — Charles Thomson. Much to the chagrin of Quakers, Scots-Irish Protestants took a very active part in the political makeup of the country. More than one third of all US presidents have connections to Ulster, while thirteen of them are descended from Ulster Protestants. In modern-day Northern Ireland, the ancestral homes of presidents Arthur, Jackson, Wilson and Grant are tourist attractions.

Irish settlement in the South
Irish Catholics concentrated in a few medium-size cities where they were highly visible, such as Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans. They became local leaders in the Democratic party, favored the Union in 1860, but became staunch Confederates in 1861. Starting as low skilled manual laborers, they achieved average or above average economic status by 1900. As one historian explains: Native tolerance, however, was also a very important factor in Irish integration [into Southern society].... Upper-class southerners, therefore,

Sense of heritage

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Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, where most new arrivals of the 1830-1910 period settled. As a percentage of the population, Massachusetts is the most Irish state, with about a quarter of the population claiming Irish descent. The most Irish American town in the United States is Milton, MA, with 38% of its 26,000 or so residents being of Irish descent. Boston, New York, and Chicago have neighborhoods with higher percentages of Irish American residents. Regionally, the most Irish American part of the country remains central New England. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware are the three states in which Irish heritage is the most dominant. Interestingly, in consequence of its unique history as a mining center, Butte, Montana is also one of the country’s most thoroughly Irish American cities. Greeley, Nebraska (population 527) has the highest percentage of Irish American residents (43%) of any town or city with a population of over 500 in the United States. The town was part of the Irish Catholic Colonization effort of Bishop O’Connor of New York in the 1880s.

Irish Republican mural in South Boston, Massachusetts. People of Irish descent, particularly Roman Catholics, retain a sense of their Irish heritage. A sense of exile, diaspora, and (in the case of songs) even nostalgia is common in Irish America. It is unclear to what extent the sense of kinship with Ireland is embraced or resented by the actual citizens of Ireland, now that the country is strengthening its ties to Europe and becoming increasingly multiracial. The term "Plastic Paddy", meaning someone who was not born in Ireland and who is separated from their closest Irish-born ancestor by (often) many generations, but who still likes to think of themselves as "Irish", is occasionally used in a derogatory fashion towards Irish Americans, but is more often used good-naturedly. The term is freely applied to relevant people of all nationalities, not solely Irish Americans. Many Irish Americans were enthusiastic supporters of Irish independence; the Fenian Brotherhood movement was based in the United States and launched several attacks on British-controlled Canada known as the "Fenian Raids". The Provisional IRA received significant funding for its paramilitary activities from a group of Irish American supporters — in 1984, the US Department of Justice won a court case forcing the Irish American fundraising organization NORAID to acknowledge the Provisional IRA as its "foreign principal".[15] Irish Catholic Americans settled in large and small cities throughout the North, particularly railroad centers and mill towns. They became perhaps the most urbanized group in America, as few became farmers.[16] Areas that retain a significant Irish American population include the metropolitan areas of

Population density of people born in Ireland, 1870; these were mostly Catholics; the older Scots Irish immigration is not shown.

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Democrats; currently Susan Collins of Maine is the only Irish Catholic Republican senator. Exit polls show that in recent presidential elections Irish Catholics have split about 50-50 for Democratic and Republican candidates; large majorities voted for Ronald Reagan.[18] The pro-life faction in the Democratic party includes many Irish Catholic politicians, such as the former Boston mayor and ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn and senator Bob Casey, Jr., who defeated Senator Rick Santorum in a high visibility race in Pennsylvania in 2006.[19]

Irish in politics and government
After the early example of Charles Lynch, the Catholic Irish moved rapidly into law enforcement, and (through the Catholic Church) built hundreds of schools, colleges, orphanages, hospitals, and asylums. Political opposition to the Catholic Irish climaxed in 1854 in the short-lived Know Nothing Party. By the 1850s, the Irish Catholics were a major presence in the police departments of large cities. In New York City in 1855, of the city’s 1,149 policemen, 305 were natives of Ireland. Both Boston’s police and fire departments provided many Irish immigrants with their first jobs. The creation of a unified police force in Philadelphia opened the door to the Irish in that city. By 1860 in Chicago, 49 of the 107 on the police force were Irish. Chief O’Leary headed the police force in New Orleans and Malachi Fallon was chief of police of San Francisco.[17] The Irish Catholic diospora have a reputation for being very well organized, and, since 1850, have produced a majority of the leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church, labor unions, the Democratic Party in larger cities, and Catholic high schools, colleges and universities. John F. Kennedy was their greatest political hero. Al Smith, who lost to Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential election, was the first Irish Catholic to run for president. From the 1830s to the 1960s, Irish Catholics voted 80-95% Democratic, with occasional exceptions like the election of 1920. Today, most Irish Catholic politicians are associated with the Democratic Party, although some became Republican leaders, such as former GOP national chairman Ed Gillespie, former House Homeland Security Chairman Peter T. King and the late Congressman Henry Hyde. Ronald Reagan boasted of his Irishness (the son of an Irish Catholic father, he was raised as a Protestant). Historically, Irish Catholics controlled many city machines and often served as chairmen of the Democratic National Committee, including County Monaghan native Thomas Taggart, Vance McCormick, James Farley, Edward J. Flynn, Robert E. Hannegan, J. Howard McGrath, William H. Boyle, Jr., John Moran Bailey, Larry O’Brien, Christopher J. Dodd, Terry McAuliffe and Tim Kaine. The majority of Irish Catholics in Congress are

Distribution of Irish Americans according to the 2000 Census In some states such as Connecticut, the most heavily Irish communities now tend to be in the outer suburbs and generally support Republican candidates, such as New Fairfield. Many major cities have elected Irish American Catholic mayors. Indeed, Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Newark, New York City, Omaha, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Saint Paul, and San Francisco have all elected natives of Ireland as mayors. Chicago, Boston, and Jersey City have had more Irish American mayors than any other ethnic group. The cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Oakland, Omaha, St. Paul, Jersey City, Rochester, Springfield, Rockford, San Francisco, Scranton, and Syracuse currently (as of 2006) have Irish American mayors. All of these mayors are Democrats. Pittsburgh mayor Bob O’Connor died in office in 2006. New York City has had at least three Irishborn mayors and over eight Irish American mayors. The most recent one was County Mayo native William O’Dwyer, elected in 1949.

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The Irish Protestant vote has not been studied nearly as much. Since the 1840s, it has been uncommon for a Protestant politician to be identified as Irish (though Ronald Reagan notably did and Bill Clinton claims to have Irish ancestry). In Canada, by contrast, Irish Protestants remained a cohesive political force well into the 20th century with many (but not all) belonging to the Orange Order. Throughout the 19th century, sectarian confrontation was commonplace between Protestant Irish and Catholic Irish in Canadian cities.

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Presidents of Irish and ScotsIrish descent

United States President Ronald Reagan speaking to large crowd in his ancestral home in Ballyporeen, Ireland in 1984.

At least twenty-three presidents of the United 4. James Monroe, 5th President 1817-25 States have some Irish and/or Scots-Irish ori- 5. John Quincy Adams, 6th President 1825-29 gins[20], although the extent of this varies. 6. Andrew Jackson, 7th President 1829-37 For example, both of Andrew Jackson’s par(County Antrim) ents were Irish born, while George W. Bush 7. James Knox Polk, 11th President 1845-49 has a rather distant Irish ancestry. President (County Donegal) Kennedy had far stronger Irish origins, which 8. James Buchanan, 15th President 1857-61 fell much closer in terms of date. In addition, (County Tyrone) Ronald Reagan’s father was of partial Irish 9. Andrew Johnson, 17th president 1865-69 Catholic ancestry,[21] while his mother had (County Antrim) some Scots-Irish ancestors. James K. Polk 10. Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President 1869-77 also had Scots-Irish ancestry. Within this (County Tyrone) group, only Kennedy was raised as a practi11. Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President cing Roman Catholic. Current President 1881-85 (County Antrim) Barack Obama’s Irish heritage originates 12. Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th from his Kansas-born mother whose ancestry President 1885-89, 1893-97 (County is Irish and English, while his father was a Antrim) black Kenyan. 13. Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President 1889-93 (County Down) 14. William McKinley, 25th President 1897-1901 (County Antrim) 15. Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president 1901-09 (County Donegal) 16. William Howard Taft, 27th President 1909-13[22] 17. Woodrow Wilson, 28th President 1913-21 (County Tipperary) 18. Warren G. Harding, 29th President 1921-23[23] 19. Harry S. Truman, 33rd President United States President John F. Kennedy lay1945-53[24] ing a wreath at Commodore John Barry Me20. John F. Kennedy, 35th President 1961-63 morial in Wexford, Ireland in 1963. (County Wexford) 21. Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President 1. George Washington, 1st President 1963-69 1789-97 (County Cork) 22. Richard M. Nixon, 37th President 1969-74 2. John Adams, 2nd President 1797-1801 (County Antrim) 3. James Madison, 4th President 1809-17 (County Clare)

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23. Gerald Ford, 38th President 1974-77 (County Monaghan) 24. Jimmy Carter, 39th President 1977-81[25] (County Londonderry) 25. Ronald Reagan, 40th President 1981-89 (County Tipperary) 26. George H. W. Bush, 41st President 1989-93[25] (Counties Down & Wexford) 27. Bill Clinton, 42nd President 1993-2001 (County Fermanagh) 28. George W. Bush, 43rd President 2001-2009 (Counties Antrim, Cork, Down, & Wexford) 29. Barack H. Obama, 44rd President 2009(County Offaly)

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Other presidents of Irish descent
1. Jefferson Davis, first and only President of the Confederate States of America.[25][26] 2. Sam Houston, President of Texas 1836-38 and 1841-44

Irish-American Justices of the Supreme Court
• • William Paterson born in County Antrim of Ulster-Scots origin • Joseph McKenna • Edward D. White • Pierce Butler • Frank Murphy • James Francis Byrnes • William J. Brennan • Anthony Kennedy

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York icons of American popular culture. In many large cities, the police and fire departments have been dominated by the Irish for over 100 years, even after the populations in those cities of Irish extraction dwindled down to small minorities. Many police and fire departments maintain large and active "Emerald Societies," bagpipe marching groups, or other similar units demonstrating their members’ pride in their Irish heritage. While these archetypal images are especially well known, Irish Americans have contributed to U.S. culture in a wide variety of fields: the fine and performing arts, film, literature, politics, sports, and religion. The Irish-American contribution to popular entertainment is reflected in the careers of figures such as James Cagney, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, John Ford, Judy Garland,[27] Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Tyrone Power, Ada Rehan, and Spencer Tracy. Irish-born actress Maureen O’Hara,[27] who became an American citizen, defined for U.S. audiences the archetypal, feisty Irish "Colleen" in popular films such as The Quiet Man and The Long Gray Line.

Contributions to American culture and sport
The annual celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day is the most widely recognized symbol of the Irish presence in America. In cities throughout the United States, this traditional Irish religious holiday becomes an opportunity to celebrate all things Irish, or faux Irish. The largest celebration of the holiday takes place in New York, where the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws an average of two million people. The second-largest celebration is held at Boston’s Southie Parade, which is one the nation’s oldest dating back to 1737. Savannah also holds one of the largest parardes in the United States. Since the arrival of tens of thousands of Irish immigrants in the 1840s, the urban Irish cop and firefighter have become virtual

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More recently, the Irish-born Pierce Brosnan gained screen celebrity as James Bond. During the early years of television, popular figures with Irish roots included Gracie Allen, Art Carney, Joe Flynn, Jackie Gleason, and Ed Sullivan. Today, comedians such as Stephen Colbert, George Carlin, Jane Curtin, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray, Kathy Griffin, and Conan O’Brien often reflect humorously on their Irish-American roots. Since the early days of the film industry, celluloid representations of Irish-Americans have been plentiful. Famous films with IrishAmerican themes include social dramas such as Little Nellie Kelly and The Cardinal, labor epics like On the Waterfront, and gangster movies such as Angels with Dirty Faces, Gangs of New York, and The Departed. IrishAmerican characters have been featured in popular television series such as Ryan’s Hope and Rescue Me. Prominent Irish-American literary figures include Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, social realist James T. Farrell, mystery writer Raymond Chandler, and Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor. The 19th-century novelist Henry James was also of partly Irish descent. While Irish Americans have been underrepresented in the plastic arts, two well known American painters claim Irish roots. Twentieth-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe was born to an Irish-American father, and 19th-century trompe-l’œil painter William Harnett emigrated from Ireland to the United States. The Irish-American contribution to politics spans the entire ideological spectrum. Socially conservative Irish immigrants generally recoiled from radical politics, and in the early 1950s, a disproportionate percentage of Irish Americans supported Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist "witchhunt". Nevertheless, two prominent American socialists, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, were Irish Americans. In the 1960s, Irish-American writer Michael Harrington became an influential advocate of social welfare programs. Harrington’s views profoundly influenced President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. Meanwhile, Irish-American political writer William F. Buckley emerged as a major intellectual force in American conservative politics in the latter half of the 20th century. Buckley’s magazine, National Review, proved

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an effective advocate of successful Republican candidates such as Ronald Reagan. There have been a number of notorious Irish Americans, including the legendary New Mexico outlaw known as Billy the Kid, whose real name was supposedly Henry McCarty.[28][29] Many historians believe McCarty was born in New York City to Famine-era immigrants from Ireland.[28][29] The infamous cook Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary was an Irish immigrant. New Orleans socialite and murderess Delphine LaLaurie whose maiden name was Macarty, was of partial paternal Irish ancestry. Irish-American mobsters include, amongst others, George "Bugs" Moran, Dean O’Bannion, and Jack "Legs" Diamond. Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy had an Irish-born great-grandmother by the name of Mary Tonry.[30] Colorful Irish Americans also include Margaret Tobin of Titanic fame, scandalous model Evelyn Nesbit, dancer Isadora Duncan, and Nellie Cashman, nurse and gold prospector in the American west. The wide popularity of Celtic music has fostered the rise of Irish-American bands that draw heavily on traditional Irish themes and music. Such groups include New York City’s Black 47 founded in the late 1980s blending punk rock, rock and roll, Irish music, rap/hiphop, reggae, and soul; and the Dropkick Murphys, a Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts nearly a decade later. The Decemberists, a band featuring IrishAmerican singer Colin Meloy, recently released Shankill Butchers, a song that deals with the Ulster Loyalists the "Shankill Butchers". The song appears on their album The Crane Wife. Flogging Molly, lead by Dublin-born Dave King, are relative newcomers building upon this new tradition. The Irish brought their native games of handball, hurling and Gaelic football to America. Along with handball and camogie, these sports are part of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The North American GAA organisation is still very strong. Irish Americans can be found among the earliest stars in professional baseball, including Michael “King” Kelly, Roger Connor (the home run king before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, Roger Bresnahan, Ed Walsh and NY Giants manager John McGraw. The large 1945 class of inductees enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

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included nine Irish Americans. In 2008, Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame to honor contributions to the game by manager Connie Mack; players Sean Casey, Tug McGraw, and Mark McGwire; journalists Red Foley and Jeff Horrigan; actor Kevin Costner; broadcaster John Flaherty; and NY Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn.

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[24] Marck, John T. "Harry S. Truman". aboutfamouspeople.com. http://www.aboutfamouspeople.com/ article1124.html. Retrieved on 2008-04-16. [25] ^ "American Presidents with Irish Ancestors". Directory of Irish Genealogy. http://homepage.eircom.net/ %257Eseanjmurphy/dir/pres.htm. Retrieved on 2008-04-15. [26] Roberts and Otto (1995). p. 1. [27] ^ Flynn, John & Jerry Kelleher. Dublin Journeys in America pp. 150-153, High Table Publishing, 2003, ISBN 0-9544694-1-0 [28] ^ Wallis (2007), p. 6. [29] ^ Utley (1989), p. 2. [30] Louisiana census

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University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0803295588 • Wallis, Michael (2007). Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 0393060683

Further reading
General surveys
• Fanning, Charles (1990/2000). The Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of IrishAmerican Fiction. Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press. ISBN 0813109701 • Glazier, Michael, ed. (1999). The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 0268027552 • Meagher, Timothy J. (2005). The Columbia Guide to Irish American History. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231120708 • Miller, Kerby M. (1985). Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195051874 • Negra, Diane (ed.) (2006). The Irish in Us. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 0822337401 • Quinlan, Kieran (2005). Strange Kin: Ireland and the American South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 9780807129838

References
• Gleeson; David T. (2001). The Irish in the South, 1815-1877. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0807826391 • Greeley, Andrew M. (1988). The Irish Americans: The Rise to Money and Power. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0446385589 • Kenny, Kevin. (2000). The American Irish: A History. New York: Longman. ISBN 058227818X • Marlin, George J. (2004). The American Catholic Voter: Two-Hundred Years of Public Impact. New York: St. Augustine’s Press. ISBN 1587310236 • Potter, George W. (1960). To the Golden Door: The Story of the Irish in Ireland and America. New York: Greenwood Press. • Prendergast, William B. (1999). The Catholic Voter in American Politics: The Passing of the Democratic Monolith. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. ISBN 0878407243 • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Otto, Julie Helen (1995). Ancestors of American Presidents: First Authoritative Edition. Boston: Boyer 3rd. ISBN 0936124199 • Ruckenstein, Lelia; O’Malley, James A. (2003). Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People, and Place. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 034546110X • Utley, Robert M. (1989). Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life. Lincoln, NE:

Catholic Irish
• Anbinder, Tyler (2002). Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum. New York: Plume ISBN 0452283612 • Bayor, Ronald; Meagher, Timothy (eds.) (1997) The New York Irish. Baltimore: University of Johns Hopkins Press. ISBN 0801857643 • Blessing, Patrick J. (1992). The Irish in America: A Guide to the Literature and the Manuscript Editions. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 0813207312 • Clark, Dennis. (1982). The Irish in Philadelphia: Ten Generations of Urban Experience (2nd Ed.). Philadelphia:

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Temple University Press. ISBN 0877222274 Diner, Hasia R. (1983). Erin’s Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0801828724 English, T. J. (2005). Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster. New York: ReganBooks. ISBN 0060590025 Erie, Steven P. (1988). Rainbow’s End: Irish-Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 1840—1985. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 0520071832 Ignatiev, Noel (1996). How the Irish Became White. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415918251 McCaffrey, Lawrence J. (1976). The Irish Diaspora in America. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America ISBN 0813208963 Meagher, Timothy J. (2000). Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class, and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880-1928. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 0268031541 Mitchell, Brian C. (2006). The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821–61. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 025207338X Mulrooney, Margaret M. (ed.) (2003). Fleeing the Famine: North America and Irish Refugees, 1845–1851. New York: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 027597670X Noble, Dale T. (1986). Paddy and the Republic: Ethnicity and Nationality in Antebellum America. Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0819561673 O’Connor, Thomas H. (1995). The Boston Irish: A Political History. Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky. ISBN 9781568526201 O’Donnell, L. A. (1997). Irish Voice and Organized Labor in America: A Biographical Study. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.

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University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0817308237 Bolton, Charles Knowles (2006). Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing Company. ISBN 1428614877 Cunningham, Roger (1991). Apples on the Flood: Minority Discourse and Appalachia. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press. ISBN 0870496298 Fischer, David Hackett (1991). Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 0195069056 Griffin, Patrick (2001). The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689–1764. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691074623 Ford, Henry Jones (1915/2006). The Scotch-Irish in America. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing Company. ISBN 0548646953 Leyburn, James G. (1989). The ScotchIrish: A Social History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0807842591 Lorle, Porter (1999). A People Set Apart: The Scotch-Irish in Eastern Ohio. Zanesville, OH: Equine Graphics Publishing. ISBN 1887932755 McWhiney, Grady (1988). Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0817303286 Webb, James (2004). Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. New York: Broadway. ISBN 0767916883

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• Blethen, Tyler; Wood, Curtis W. Jr.; Blethen, H. Tyler (Eds.) (1997). Ulster and North America: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Scotch-Irish. Tuscaloosa, AL:

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• National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies • Irish Expatriate Discussion Forum • Boston Irish Reporter • American Presidents with Irish Ancestors • IrishAmericanHistory.com - Irish American History • Irish American Story Project • News for Irish Americans • Winged Fist Organization

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Communities
• • • • • • • Buffalo’s Irish Community Detroit’s Irish Community Kansas City’s Irish Community Irish Community in Los Angeles Omaha’s Irish Community Irish Philadelphia Pittsburgh Irish Network

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