Irish Iowa

Irish Iowa

by Timothy Walch


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Iowa offered freedom and prosperity to the Irish fleeing famine and poverty. They became the second-largest immigrant group to come to the state, and they acquired influence well beyond their numbers. The first hospitals, schools and asylums in the area were established by Irish nuns. Irish laborers laid the tracks and ran the trains that transported crops to market. Kate Shelley became a national heroine when she saved a passenger train from plunging off a bridge. The Sullivan family became the symbol of sacrifice when they lost their five sons in World War II. Author Timothy Walch details these stories and more on the history and influence of the Irish in the Heartland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467139700
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/04/2019
Series: American Heritage
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 216,219
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Timothy Walch is the director emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and a longtime member of the Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board. Dr. Walch is the author or editor of more than twenty books and hundreds of essays and reviews on a wide range of historical topics. His interest in the Irish is manifest in the Timothy Walch Collection of Irish and Catholic Americana at the St. Ambrose University Library in Davenport, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Introduction 9

1 Pioneers 15

2 Farewell to Famine 23

3 Faith of Our Fathers 32

4 Sisters of Erin 41

5 City Slickers 50

6 Country Folk 60

7 Their Daily Bread 68

8 "I Am of Ireland" 76

9 "No Irish Need Apply" 86

10 Hills and Dales 93

11 Depression and War 102

12 Forever Irish 111

Conclusion 119

Notes 123

Bibliography 133

Index 141

About the Author 143

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