1st Edition

Redefining Irishness in a Coastal Maine City, 1770–1870
Bridget’s Belfast

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ISBN 9781032035062
November 19, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Redefining Irishness in a Coastal Maine City, 1770–1870: Bridget's Belfast examines how Irish immigrants shaped and reshaped their identity in a rural New England community. Forty percent of Irish immigrants to the United States settled in rural areas. Achieving success beyond large urban centers required distinctive ways of performing Irishness. Class, status, and gender were more significant than ethnicity. Close reading of diaries, newspapers, local histories, and public papers allows for nuanced understanding of immigrant lives amid stereotype and the nineteenth century evolution of a Scotch-Irish identity.

Table of Contents


1. Irish in Public

2. Irish Enterprise

3. The Irish "Other"

4. The Irish of Stereotype

5. Irish on the Move

6. Inventing Scotch-Irishness

7. Bridging Social Boundaries

8. Making It Through the War


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Kay Retzlaff is Professor of English at the University of Maine at Augusta.