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General Information

Name:  Lawrence McCaffrey  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1925

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Illinois Connection

McCaffrey is professor emeritus of Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lawrence J. McCaffrey is professor emeritus of Loyola University of Chicago. He is the cofounder of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the author of numerous books and articles, including ''The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict'', ''Textures of Irish America'', and ''Ireland from Colony to Nation State''. He is frequently interviewed by the major television networks and is featured in an upcoming PBS documentary on Irish America.

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Titles At Your Library

Irish Question, 1800-1922
ISBN: 0813111528

The University Press of Kentucky. 1982

Irish Nationalism and the American Contribution (Irish Americans s Eries)
ISBN: 0405093470

Ayer Co Pub. 1976

Ireland, from Colony to Nation-State
ISBN: 0135061881

Prentice Hall. 1979

A serious look at a crucial period in Irish history.

The Irish in Chicago (Ethnic History of Chicago)
ISBN: 0252013972

University of Illinois Press. 1987

Perspectives on Irish Nationalism
ISBN: 0813116651

Univ Pr of Kentucky. 1989

The Irish Experience
ISBN: 1563247917

Routledge. 1996

This volume addresses the political, cultural and economic dimensions of Irish life, presenting Ireland as a hybrid of cultures and peoples. Coverage includes: an explanation of how the literature and folklore reflect the desire for national independence in both political and cultural forms an analysis of how the Gaelic, Norman English, Elizabethan English, Ulster Planter English, Scots, Cromwellian English and Williamite English conflict and meld into the present character of Ireland and the Irish a discussion of how the English impact, Catholicism, the Land Question, emigration, literacy and Gaelic cultural nationalism coalesce to create Irish nationalism emphasis on the influence of British presence on Irish values and personality an examination of how the Irish question moved Britain in the direction of liberal democracy and the welfare state and an exploration of Ireland as a paradigm case of a country fighting imperialism and colonialism to move from colony to nation state, accomplishing the latter through one of the 20th century's most notable guerrilla wars of liberation.

Textures of Irish America (Irish Studies)
ISBN: 0815605218

Syracuse University Press. 1998

The author documents his thesis that American urban history begins with the arrival of large numbers of Irish Catholic immigrants in the 1820s. He argues that Irish Americans' material success, which took them as a group from the ghetto to middle-class, has caused a fading of Irish identity.

The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict
ISBN: 0813108551

University Press of Kentucky. 1995

From 1800 to 1922 the Irish Question was the most emotional and divisive issue in British politics. It pitted Westminster politicians, anti-Catholic British public opinion, and Irish Protestant and Presbyterian champions of the Union against the determination of Ireland's large Catholic majority to obtain civil rights, economic justice, and cultural and political independence.

In this completely revised and updated edition of The Irish Question, Lawrence J. McCaffrey extends his classic analysis of Irish nationalism to the present day. He makes clear the tortured history of British-Irish relations and offers insight into the difficulties now facing those who hope to create a permanent peace in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Catholic Diaspora in America
ISBN: 0813208963

The Catholic University of America Press. 1997

When Lawrence J. McCaffrey's The Irish Diaspora in America was published in 1976, it won rave reviews and quickly became the standard college and university text on the Irish-American experience. Named the "best short history of the Irish in America" by Andrew M. Greeley in a New York Times review, McCaffrey's work traced the experience of Irish-American Catholics from their beginnings as detested, unskilled pioneers of the urban ghetto to their rise as an essentially affluent, powerful, middle-class suburban community.

Blending his work and the contributions of other scholars, McCaffrey here adds fresh interpretations to the history of Irish American Catholics. He focuses on a number of topics, including the significance of Catholicism as the core of Irish ethnicity and the source of nativist attacks on their presence in the United States the impact of Irish America on the course of Irish nationalism the psychological struggle to reconcile Irish loyalties to an authoritarian religion and a liberal-democratic politics and, more recently, the fading of the Catholic dimension of Irish identity.


Lawrence J. McCaffrey is professor emeritus of Loyola University of Chicago. He is the cofounder of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the author of numerous books and articles, including The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict, Textures of Irish America, and Ireland from Colony to Nation State. He is frequently interviewed by the major television networks and is featured in an upcoming PBS documentary on Irish America.


"The reissue of McCaffrey's classic study is a tribute to his contribution to our understanding of that great migration. He has been, and remains, a major pioneering figure in the field." "A fine, moving and scholarly account of great merit and insight. The previous edition stood the test of time. This latest version will further extend and enhance McCaffrey's considerable influence and stature."―The Heythrop Journal

"When the original study appeared, I shared with many other historians the opinion that McCaffrey had written the best-single volume history of the American Catholic Irish the new volume confirms that judgment. While this study will appeal to anyone with an interest in the subject, it is an historiographical gem for historians. The bibliographic essay alone justifies its acquisition."―John B. Duff, The International History Review

"An immensely readable book which charts the experience of Irish Catholics in America. Acknowledging his critics and in defense of the Catholic dimension to his analysis, McCaffrey argues that for the majority of Irish in America, their Catholicism proved to be an important signifier of their ethnic, cultural, and national identity."―Journal of American Ethnic History

"McCaffrey has been the pioneering social historian of the American Irish. This book is a survey of the territory, rethought and recast since initial publication over 20 years ago. . . . The early chapters are a very useful summary of the Irish background, and the Irish-American chapters are windows into the essential themes of this remarkable diaspora."―Prof. Charles Fanning, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

"McCaffrey's book is a seminal and indispensable resource for anyone trying to understand the Irish experience in America. A seamless blend of insight and scholarship, it manages to be sweeping without every being superficial. This is a work of enduring importance."―Peter Quinn, author of Banished Children of Eve

"Drawing on a lifetime of reading and research, McCaffrey has written an informative, cogent and highly readable book, which includes a splendid bibliographical essay. This is a valuable contribution to Irish studies and ethnic history, one that should appeal



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