Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lawrence McCaffrey  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1925

-- Lawrence McCaffrey on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

  • The Irish Question, 1800-1922, University Press of Kentucky , 1968
  • Irish Nationalism and the American Contribution (Editor and contributor), Arno Press, 1976
  • Ireland From Colony to Nation State, Prentice Hall, 1979
  • The Irish in Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1987 - written with Ellen Skerrett, Michael F Funchion, Charles Fanning
  • Perspectives on Irish Nationalism (co-editor and contributor), University Press of Kentucky, 1988
  • The Irish Experience, Prentice Hall, 1989 - written with Thomas E. Hachey
  • Textures of Irish America, Syracuse University Press, 1992
  • The Irish Question, Two Centuries of Conflict, University Press of Kentucky, 1995
  • The Irish Catholic Diaspora in America (Revised version), Catholic University of Press, 1997

Selected Titles At Your Library

Irish nationalism and the American contribution /
ISBN: 0405093470. OCLC Number:

Arno Press,. New York :. 1976.

Ireland, from colony to nation-state /
ISBN: 0135061881. OCLC Number:

Prentice-Hall,. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. :. ©1979.

The Irish in Chicago /
ISBN: 0252013972. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1987.

Examines the history, religion, politics, and literature of one of the city's most influential ethnic groups.

Perspectives On Irish Nationalism.
ISBN: 0813116651. OCLC Number:

The University Press of Kentucky,. Lexington :. 1989.

Perspectives on Irish Nationalism examines the cultural, political, religious, economic, linguistic, folklore, and historical dimensions of the phenomenon of Irish nationalism. Its essayists are among the most distinguished Irish studies scholars. Their essays include a comprehensive analysis of the tapestry of Irish nationalism and focused studies that often challenge myths, pieties, and the scholarly consensus.

The Irish experience :
ISBN: 1563247917. OCLC Number:

M.E. Sharpe,. Armonk, N.Y. :. ©1996.

Textures of Irish America /
ISBN: 0815605218. OCLC Number:

Syracuse University Press,. Syracuse, N.Y. :. 1992.

The "textures" of the Irish-American experience have been manifold, greatly influencing this country's economic, social, and cultural development over the past two centuries. Unlike that of many other European immigrants, the Irish journey to America was viewed largely as a one-way trip. They quickly adjusted to America, soon becoming citizens and active participants in politics. By the end of the 19th century, they dominated not only most American cities but also sports, especially baseball, and many were prominent in show business. In this entertaining study of one of America's most engaging and controversial groups, Lawrence McCaffrey reveals how the Irish adapted to urban life, progressing from unskilled working class to solid middle class. Denied power and influence in business and commerce, they achieved both through politics and the Catholic church. In addition to politicians and churchmen, McCaffrey discusses the roles of writers such as Finley Peter Dunne, James T. Farrell, Eugene O'Neill, J.F. Powers, Edwin O'Connor, William Kennedy, Elizabeth Cullinan, Tom Flanagan, Thomas Fleming, Jimmy Breslin, and John Gregory Dunne, as well as such film stars as Jimmy Cagney, Bing Crosby, Grace and Gene Kelly, and Spencer Tracy. McCaffrey completes the story with a look at the role of Irish nationalism in developing the personality of Irish America and in liberating Ireland from British colonialism. The result of some forty years of thinking and writing about Irish-American life, McCaffrey's Textures will appeal to scholars and general readers alike and may very well become the standard work on Irish America.

The Irish question :
ISBN: 0813108551. OCLC Number:

University Press of Kentucky,. Lexington, KY :. ©1995.

The Irish Catholic diaspora in America /
ISBN: 0813208963. OCLC Number:

Catholic University of America Press,. Washington, D.C. :. ©1997.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)