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Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America

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Tom Hayden first realized he was ‘Irish on the inside’ when he heard civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ in 1969. Though his great-grandparents had been forced to emigrate to the US in the 1850s, Hayden’s parents erased his Irish heritage in the quest for respectability. In this passionate book he explores the losses wrought by such conformism. Assimilation, he argues, has led to high rates of schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism and domestic violence within the Irish community.

Today’s Irish-Americans, Hayden contends, need to re-inhabit their history, to recognize that assimilation need not entail submission. By recognizing their links to others now experiencing the prejudice once directed at their ancestors, they can develop a sense of themselves that is both specific and inclusive: ‘The survival of a distinct Irish soul is proof enough that Anglo culture will never fully satisfy our needs. We have a unique role in reshaping American society to empathize with the world’s poor, for their story is the genuine story of the Irish.’

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Tom Hayden explores the losses wrought by Irish American conformism, in his own life and beyond.

About the Author

Tom Hayden has been a leader of anti-war, civil rights, and environmental movements in America since the 1960s. A California State Senator for eighteen years, he was part of the US Commerce Department delegation to Northern Ireland in 1995, and has authored legislation to include the Famine in California’s school curriculum. He is the author and editor of many books including Reunion: A Memoir and Irish Hunger.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859844779
Author:
Hayden, Tom
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Hayden, Tom
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Radicals
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.3 x 1 in 0.835 lb

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