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The Butte Irish : Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town, 1875-1925 - David M. Emmons

The Butte Irish

Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town, 1875-1925

Paperback Published: 1st February 1989
ISBN: 9780252061554
Number Of Pages: 464

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In this pioneering study,  David Emmons tells the story of Butte's large and assertive population of Irish immigrants. He traces their backgrounds in Ireland, the building  of an ethnic community in Butte, the nature and hazards of their work in the copper mines, and the complex interplay between Irish nationalism and worker consciousness.
From a treasure trove of "Irish stuff," the reports, minutes, and correspondence of the major Irish-American organizations in Butte, Emmons shows how the stalwart supporters of the RELA and the Ancient Order of Hiberians marched and drilled for Irish freedom---and how, as they ran the town, the miners' union, and the largest mining companies, they used this tradition of ethnic cooperation to ensure safe and steady work, Irish mines taking care of Irish miners. Butte was new, overwhelmingly Irish, and extraordinarily dangerous---the ideal place to test the seam between class and ethnicity.
 

ISBN: 9780252061554
ISBN-10: 0252061551
Series: Statue of Liberty Ellis Island
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st February 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.61

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