328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, 7 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2724-3
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0757-3
Published: September 2013
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Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States.
About the Author
David T. Gleeson is professor of American history at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
For more information about David T. Gleeson, visit the Author Page.
"[An] eye-opening account. . . . As [Gleeson's] analysis unfolds, there is much that will surprise, perhaps even unsettle."--Boston Globe
“An extremely important and significant study. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the Irish in the Confederacy by some distance, and stands to remain so for some time to come.”--IrishAmericanCivilWar.com
"A 'must have' book for your Confederate library!"--The Lone Star Book Review
“Gleeson has written an exemplary study that is at the crossroads of several different historical fields. . . [and] has provided [an] important piece in the jigsaw of nineteenth-century Irish American identity.”--Dublin Review of Books
"Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."--Choice
“Gleeson persuasively demonstrates how the southern Irish readily assumed a Confederate identity but perhaps just as easily cast it aside once the Civil War ended. . . [A] solidly executed volume.”--Virginia Magazine
Multimedia & Links
Follow the author on Twitter @dgleesonhistory.
Stay connected through the author's blog, The Atlantic Irish.
Watch: Gleeson talks to The Civil War Monitor in their "Behind the Lines" video series. (10/31/2013. Running time 17:15).
Read In a guest blog post, Gleeson explains how studying Irish identity in the Civil War can shed light on American identity as well. Read "Irish Confederates and the Meaning of American Nationalism" In another guest blog post, Gleeson describes how Irish Charlestonians’ participation in Lost Cause mythologizing helped solidify their acceptance into southern culture. Read "Immigrants and American Wars: The Irish Confederate Experience".
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