Respectability and reform : Irish American women's activism, 1880-1920
- Tara M. McCarthy.
- First Edition.
- Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2018.
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- Physical description
- xiii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Irish studies (Syracuse, N.Y.)
- McCarthy, Tara M., author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-290) and index.
- Part One. Life and labor. Life in the Irish American community: an overview ; Radicals and reformers: the origins of women's labor activism and alliances
- Part Two. Irish nationalism. Charitable Colleens or voracious viragoes? The influence of the Ladies' Land League and its legacy ; Propaganda, protest, purchasing, and picketing: Irish American women's nationalist strategies in the twentieth century
- Part Three. The suffrage movement. The politics of identity: Irish Americans and woman suffrage in the nineteenth century ; Twentieth-century connections: suffrage tactics, trade unionists, and the lessons of Tammany Hall
In the late nineteenth century, an era in which women were expanding the influence outside the home, Irish American women carved out unique opportunities to serve the needs of their communities. For many women, this began with a commitment to Irish nationalism. In Respectability and Reform, McCarthy explores the contributions of a small group of Irish American women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era who emerged as leaders, organizers, and activists. Profiles of these women suggest not only that Irish American women had a political tradition of their own but also that the diversity of the Irish American community fostered a range of priorities and approaches to activism. McCarthy focuses on three movements-the Irish nationalist movement, the labor movement, and the suffrage movement-to trace the development of women's political roles. Highlighting familiar activists such as Fanny and Anna Parnell, as well as many lesser-known suffragists, McCarthy sheds light on the range of economic and social backgrounds found among the activists. She also shows that Irish American women's commitment to social justice persisted from the Land War through the World War I era. In unearthing the rich and varied stories of these Irish American women, Respectablity and Reform deepens our understanding of their intersection with and contribution to the larger context of American women's activism.
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- Ladies' Land League > History.
- Irish American women > Political activity.
- Women political activists > United States > History.
- Irish question.
- Labor movement > United States > History.
- Women > Suffrage > United States > History.
- Women social reformers > United States > History.
- Irish American women > History.
- Irish Americans > Politics and government.
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- Respectability & reform : Irish American women's activism, 1880-1920
- Irish American women's activism, 1880-1920
- Irish studies
- 9780815635703 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
- 0815635702 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
- 9780815635888 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
- 0815635885 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
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