AN ALBUM OF IRISH AMERICANS by Gene & Tim Driscoll Murphy


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Like most such tributes to hyphenated Americans this is dominated by an honor roll of favorite sons, but the individuals have been chosen and portrayed with greater than average acuity and include activist churchmen like Cardinal Gibbons, Knights of Labor founder Terence Powderley and a full complement of politicos from Curley and Smith to James Farley, the Kennedys and Joseph McCarthy. Murphy and Driscoll also survey the institutions that gave famine immigrants a leg up the social ladder -- acknowledging the saloon as well as the church and the Union Army as well as the unions. However though they mourn the present day Irishman's assimilation and lack of empathy for his Old Country cousins, they themselves tend to become more conservative in dealing with recent decades, featuring Daniel Moynihan and Governor Patrick Lucey but neglecting to mention equally famous and more consciously Irish Americans like the Berrigan brothers. Another flagwaver, but above average of its kind and helped along by well chosen, intelligently captioned contemporary prints and photos.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts