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Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic History

November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Details

Date:
November 24
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

The Bridge Room THB-1001, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building, University of Galway

Organizer

Prof. Daniel Carey
Email:
daniel.carey@universityofgalway.ie

Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic History

Prof. Mary Burke (University of Connecticut)

The Irish in America racially transformed multiple times: in the slave-holding Caribbean, on America’s frontiers and antebellum plantations, and along the eastern seaboard. This paper considers the cultural history of race and centuries of Irishness in the Americas, looking at the forcibly transported Irish, the eighteenth-century Presbyterian Ulster-Scots, and post-1845 Famine immigrants. History is Gothic in Irish-American narrative because the undead Irish past replays within America’s contexts of race.