How the Irish Became White

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How the Irish Became White

By Noel Ignatiev; Noel Ignatiev

Routledge, Paperback, 9780415918251, 248pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 1996

Ignatiev traces the tattered history of Irish and African-American relations, revealing how the Irish used labor unions, the Catholic Church and the Democratic party to succeed in American. He uncovers the roots of conflict between Irish-Americans and African-Americans and draws a powerful connection between the embracing of white supremacy and Irish "success" in 19th century American society.