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Historical archaeology of the Irish diaspora : a transnational approach /
Stephen A. Brighton.
imprint
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2009.
description
xxvii, 226 p.
ISBN
1572336676 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781572336674 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2009.
isbn
1572336676 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781572336674 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Archaeology of the Irish diaspora -- Defining diaspora and identity formation -- The Irish diaspora? Creating an analytical discourse -- The social history and archaeology of pre-famine rural Ireland -- The Irish proletarian diaspora in America -- The material manifestations of the Irish proletarian diaspora.
catalogue key
6995332
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Anthropologist Brighton (Maryland) offers a historical archaeological investigation of the diaspora of Ireland, reflecting the migration of Irish immigrants to the US during a turbulent period in Irish history from the mid-1840s to the 1850s. Brighton's work is the first to offer a study through an archaeological lens connecting Irish communities spanning two continents and covering four sites: two in Ireland, specifically, in County Roscommon, and two in the US, the Five Points section of Manhattan, New York, as well as the historically Irish community in Paterson, New Jersey. There have been some recent diasporic studies on Irish migrations of the 19th century, such as Catherine Nash's Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, and the Politics of Belonging (2008). However, Brighton's technique is inspired from transnational investigations of the African diaspora to the Atlantic world. This volume can serve as an excellent research tool for students of Ireland as well as diasporic archaeology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students of archaeology of the modern world. B. C. Ryan Syracuse University
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Anthropologist Brighton (Maryland) offers a historical archaeological investigation of the diaspora of Ireland, reflecting the migration of Irish immigrants to the US during a turbulent period in Irish history from the mid-1840s to the 1850s. Brighton's work is the first to offer a study through an archaeological lens connecting Irish communities spanning two continents and covering four sites: two in Ireland, specifically, in County Roscommon, and two in the US, the Five Points section of Manhattan, New York, as well as the historically Irish community in Paterson, New Jersey. There have been some recent diasporic studies on Irish migrations of the 19th century, such as Catherine Nash's Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, and the Politics of Belonging (2008). However, Brighton's technique is inspired from transnational investigations of the African diaspora to the Atlantic world. This volume can serve as an excellent research tool for students of Ireland as well as diasporic archaeology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students of archaeology of the modern world." -B. C. Ryan, Syracuse University, Choice Between 1845 and 1852, a watershed event in Ireland's history-the Great Hunger-forced more than one million starved and dispossessed people, most of them poor tenant farmers, to leave their native country for the shores of the United States. Further weakened by the arduous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, many sought refuge in the harbor cities in which they landed. Not surprisingly, Irish immigrants counted as one quarter of New York City's population during the 1850s. In Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora, Stephen A. Brighton places Irish and Irish American material culture within a broad historical context, including the waves of immigration that preceded the Famine and the development of the Irish American communities that followed it. He meticulously details the archaeological research connected with excavations at two pre-Famine sites in County Roscommon, Ireland, and with several immigrant tenements located in the Five Points, Manhattan, and the Dublin section of nearby Paterson, New Jersey. Using this transnational approach to link artifacts and ceramics found in rural Ireland with those discovered in sites in the urban, northeastern United States, Brighton also employs contemporary diaspora studies to illustrate how various factions sustained a distinct homeland connection even as the Irish were first alienated from, and then gradually incorporated into, American society. With more than forty million Americans claiming Irish ancestry, fully understanding Ireland's traumatic history and its impact on the growth of the United States remains a vital task for researchers on both sides of the Atlantic. Brighton's study of lived experience follows a fascinating historical path that will aid scholars in a variety of disciplines. Stephen A. Brighton is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology and Historical Archaeology.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Archaeology of the Irish Diasporap. 1
Defining Diaspora and Identity Formationp. 13
The Irish Diaspora? Creating an Analytical Discoursep. 25
The Social History and Archaeology of Pre-Famine Rural Irelandp. 45
The Irish Proletarian Diaspora in Americap. 67
The Material Manifestations of the Irish Proletarian Diasporap. 113
Conclusionp. 155
Ceramics from Ballykilcline, County Roscommon, Irelandp. 165
Artifacts, Ceramics, and Federal Census Data from 472 Pearl Street, Five Points, Manhattanp. 166
Artifacts, Ceramics, and Federal Census Data from 474 Pearl Street, Five Points, Manhattanp. 172
Artifacts, Ceramics, and Federal Census Data from 32 Ward Street, Paterson, New Jerseyp. 176
Artifacts, Ceramics, and Federal Census Data from 46 Oliver Street, Dublin Section, Paterson, New Jerseyp. 177
References Citedp. 179
Indexp. 223
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