The green and the gray : the Irish in the Confederate States of America

by Gleeson, David T.,

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E585.I75 G56 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E585.I75 G56 2013
Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson's sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.

Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States.

Additional Information
Series Civil War America (Series)
Subjects Confederate States of America. -- Army -- History.
Irish American soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Irish Americans -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Immigrants -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Irish Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Irish American.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,2013
Language English
Description xiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-296) and index.
ISBN 9781469607566 (cloth : alk. paper)
1469607565 (cloth : alk. paper)
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