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Lawrence McCaffrey

Born: 1925
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: McCaffrey is professor emeritus of Loyola University of Chicago.

Biography: 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.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Lawrence McCaffrey on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Ireland, from colony to nation-state /
ISBN: 0135061881 OCLC: 3843792

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

Irish nationalism and the American contribution /
ISBN: 0405093470 OCLC: 2283773

Arno Press, New York : 1976.

  Irish Question.
ISBN: 1322596034 OCLC: 901306265

The University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Perspectives On Irish Nationalism.
ISBN: 0813116651 OCLC: 900344439

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.

Textures of Irish America
ISBN: 0815602677 OCLC: 45731758

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 Catholic diaspora in America /
ISBN: 0813208963 OCLC: 45843717

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

The Irish experience :
ISBN: 1563247917 OCLC: 34413337

M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, N.Y. : ©1996.

The Irish question :
ISBN: 0813108551 OCLC: 604539450

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