The Irish in America

Today the Irish are celebrated in America — but that wasn’t alway the case. Just look here in the New York Times, where on St. Patrick’s Day in 1907 they saw fit to publish this amusing anecdote involving not one, but two silly Irishmen:

But what the hell, If we didn’t embrace our stereotypes, what good would we be?


2 thoughts on “The Irish in America

  1. Rob: I’m not sure if you get the point of this NY TIMES article you post. The man said he was from Cork, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND…..not NORTHERN IRELAND,,,,,which is part of the United Kingdom……..Hence the whole “An Orangeman turned the flag upside down” There are two Countries, “The Republic of Ireland”, free and independant of the United Kingdom, and “Northern Ireland”, which is part of the UK. Look up William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell and it will give you insight to your posted article.

  2. Bob: Thanks for writing. I think the key here is that the NY Times article was published in 1907, when there was one Ireland and all of it was under the heel of the UK. It was also a time of great unrest.

    The article does not mention the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Neither were created until 14 years later.

    I will read up on Oliver Cromwell, because it is important to study the actions of history’s most evil figures: men such as Hitler, Stalin, and Oliver Cromwell.

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