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After the Flood: Irish America, 1945-1960 James Silas Rogers

After the Flood: Irish America, 1945-1960

James Silas Rogers

Published May 13th 2009
ISBN : 9780716529873
Hardcover
223 pages
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The essays in this volume examine diverse aspects of the Irish-American community during the postwar years and cover both the immigrant community within the US which witnessed a surge in immigration from Ireland and the subsequent expressions of anMoreThe essays in this volume examine diverse aspects of the Irish-American community during the postwar years and cover both the immigrant community within the US which witnessed a surge in immigration from Ireland and the subsequent expressions of an Irish identity among later generation ethnics. Essays consider both social and political history, such as ethnic anti-communism and American responses to Partition, and significant representations of Irish life in popular culture, such as The Last Hurrah (1956) or The Quiet Man (1952). The study shows that the Irish-American community was lively and, in many ways, dissimilar from mainstream American life in this period. The supposedly deracinated descendants of earlier immigrants were nonetheless well aware that the larger culture perceived something distinctive about being Irish, and throughout this period they actively sought to define often in deflected ways just what that distinctiveness could mean.