Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
Rich in human detail, penetrating in analysis, this book is social history on an epic scale. The first "transatlantic" history of the Irish, Emigrants and Exiles offers the fullest account yet of the diverse waves of Irish emigration to North America.
Drawing on enormous original research, Miller focuses on the thought and behavior of the "ordinary" Irish emigrants, as revealed in their personal letters, diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as in their songs, poems and folklore. Miller shows that the exile mentality was deeply rooted in Irish history, culture and personality, and it profoundly affected both the traumatic course of modern Irish history and the Irish experience in America.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pkeroack - LibraryThing
What I found particularly illuminating in this book were the excerpts from emigrant's letters about the ambivalence of their emigration - for so many it was an exile, even as it was for some a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jroach19 - LibraryThing
A very good book documenting waves of Irish immigration to the US in the 19th century. Very useful too, because it outlines conditions and problems present in Ireland which lead to immigration. Miller ... Read full review
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