Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Social Science - 684 pages
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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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

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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

Contents

Introduction
3
THE MAKING
9
Ireland before the Great Famine
26
The Culture of Exile
102
THE PATTERNS
131
Irish Emigration
137
Irish Emigration
169
The PreFamine
193
Ireland and PostFamine
345
Tradition and Expediency
427
Conclusion
556
Appendix
569
Notes
583
Bibliography of Manuscript Sources
649
Index
665
Copyright

The Great Famine
280

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Kerby A. Miller is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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