(6) The Irish in America

(6) The Irish in America - • Urban settlement Images of...

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The Irish in America Constructing Whiteness in the Early Republic
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Lecture outline Whiteness as a social category Irish immigration Images of the Irish Are the Irish white?
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Whiteness as a social category Pre-colonial distinctions (ethnicity) Religion Language Property Colonizer vs. colonized Slave owner vs. enslaved Caucasian white
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Early colonial categories English Scottish Welsh Scots-Irish Dutch French Spanish German Indian Negro Irish
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Irish immigration: push factors English colonization Tenant farming Enclosure Movement, late 18 th c Irish diet Potato blight, 1845 Great Famine West Ireland emigration
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Irish immigration: pull factors Market Revolution Transportation boom Domestic labor Sex ratios
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Unformatted text preview: • Urban settlement Images of the Irish • Nativism and native Americans • American “Know Nothing” Party • No Irish Need Apply? • Immigration restriction? • Threat to the republic? • Drunken disorder? • Catholicism • Papal conspiracies Images of the Irish Irish as animals Bridget McBruiser Are the Irish white? • Labor competition • Irish-black riots • Citizenship and suffrage • Police, fire companies • Democratic Party • Economic opportunities Conclusions • Identifiable ethnic group, 19 th c • Fruits of citizenship Conclusions • Identifiable ethnic group, 19 th c • Fruits of citizenship • 20 th c assimilation • Fusion?...
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