Last week saw arrival of Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life by Irish Academic Press to bookshops throughout the country. It’s an exciting collection of essays on labour edited by David Convery. In another post I’ll take briefly look at my chapter ’”Real Irish Patriots would scorn to recognise the likes of you”: Larkin and Irish-America’, which focuses on the much ignored and maligned impact of Big Jim Larkin in the United States between 1914 and 1923 and the state of Irish-America at this time, but for now details of the two locations of the book launch.
The first will be in Dublin at 6pm on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at Connolly Hall (appropriately enough). The guest speaker will be Diarmaid Ferriter, a well-known voice in Irish history, so it’ll be interesting to see what his thoughts are on the collection.
The second launch will be in the real capital of Cork at 8pm Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at Solidarity Books, and where I am sure the editor David Convery will be coaxed into saying a few words about the collection.
A new generation of emerging historians are responsible this collection and it would be great to see some encouragement for this book. I’m sure many of the authors of the various chapters will be in attendance, so come along and feel free to discuss with them their findings.
Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life is available at all good bookstores and online retailers. Enjoy!
Abstract: This work begins with an examination of Ireland’s major mining regions
where skilled Irish miners worked alongside Cornish miners. It details the Irish
arrival to the mines of Britain and elsewhere in the world exploring the variety of
experiences they encountered. It also traces miners’ migration through Britain on
their paths to different mining regions of the United States. The majority of this
work focuses on the US where the use of new sources to detail labour troubles in the
anthracite region of Pennsylvania reveals the involvement of the Molly Maguires in
incidents in the 1860s and 1880s. Consequently, this necessitates a re-examination of
the historiographical interpretations of the Molly Maguires reassessing their role in
the region and challenging the belief that Molly activities were restricted to the
1870s while also further exploring the causes for the violence and labor unrest in the
region. Also detailed, with particular reference to emigrant letters, is Irish
involvement in the gold rushes of the American West, the large Irish population of
Virginia City, and the anti-Irish and anti-union policies at the heart of the early
labour troubles of the Coeur d’Alene region in Idaho. Other regions examined
include the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan, Randsburg in California, Marysville,
Montana and perhaps the most important mining town in the American West for the
Irish, Butte, Montana. The works seeks to show the variety of circumstances Irish
miners and their families encountered in their search for employment and
opportunities and the mechanisms they used in coping with those situations.
The dissertation is available to access at the Boole Library, UCC, Cork. Anyone with any questions or any information on Irish miners in nineteenth and early twentieth century, coal copper, gold, anything, please drop me a line.