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Author Tully, John Day

Title Ireland and Irish Americans, 1932-1945 : the search for identity / John Day Tully

Publ Info Dublin ; Portland, Or. : Irish Academic Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  E184.I6 T85 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  E184.I6 T85 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 182 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-177) and index
Contents Exiles, identity and a new nation -- Searching for identities: 1932-1939 -- Being neutral(/): 1939-1941 -- War, demands and distortions: 1941-1945 -- Postwar consequences
Note In this book, the author deals with the interaction between the Irish and Irish Americans as both groups struggled to create an identity during the turbulent years before and during World War II. The strategic importance of the island of Ireland during World War II became a focal point to bring together both groups' search for identity and their place in the world. He explores how each group negotiated their new identities, how each struggle played itself out, and how their interactions affected each other. For the Irish, asserting an international identity apart from Great Britain, and maintaining it despite pressure from the British and American governments, was an important element in Irish independence, and Irish leaders turned to Irish America for support. Irish Americans, never fully assimilated, responded to these approaches, at least until December 1941. This work offers a window into how Irish Americans felt about themselves, their relationship to Ireland, and their place in American society during these important years. Looming large over all of this was World War II, British security concerns, and the wider British American partnership
LC subject Irish Americans -- Ethnic identity
Irish -- Cultural assimilation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Irish -- Ethnic identity
World War, 1939-1945 -- Ireland
Neutrality -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century
ISBN 9780716529767