After the Flood
The essays in this volume examine diverse aspects of the Irish-American community during the postwar years and cover both the immigrant community within the US - which witnessed a surge in immigration from Ireland - and the subsequent expressions of an Irish identity among later generation ethnics. Essays consider both social and political history, such as ethnic anti-communism and American responses to Partition, and significant representations of Irish life in popular culture, such as The Last Hurrah (1956) or The Quiet Man (1952). The study shows that the Irish-American community was lively and, in many ways, dissimilar from 'mainstream' American life in this period. The supposedly deracinated descendants of earlier immigrants were nonetheless well aware that the larger culture perceived something distinctive about being Irish, and throughout this period they actively sought to define - often in deflected ways - just what that distinctiveness could mean.
Publication Date: 5/13/2009