The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883

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The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883

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This unique book captures the rise of New York s passionately musical Irish Catholics and provides a compelling history of early New York City.

The Unstoppable Irish follows the changing fortunes of New York s Irish Catholics, commencing with the evacuation of British military forces in late 1783 and concluding one hundred years later with the completion of the initial term of the city s first Catholic mayor. During that century, Hibernians first coalesced and then rose in uneven progression from being a variously dismissed, despised, and feared foreign group to ultimately receiving de facto acceptance as constituent members of the city s population. Dan Milner presents evidence that the Catholic Irish of New York gradually integrated (came into common and equal membership) into the city populace rather than assimilated (adopted the culture of a larger host group). Assimilation had always been an option for Catholics, even in Ireland. In