The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans

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“A stylishly written precise distillation of the essence of being American of Irish descent. A must-read on par with How the Irish Saved Civilization.” —Patrick Taylor, author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Irish Country Doctor Series “An exhaustively researched look at Ireland—the island, the people, the history, and the myths—written in a clear, concise storytelling style.” —Stephen Rea, author of Finn McCool’s Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead “Informative and accessible. This concise history, tracing Irish development from the prehistoric period forward, brings Irish history to life.” —Prof. Thomasine Bartlett, MFA, PhD, Tulane University Did you know? • More than forty million people consider themselves Irish-American. • St. Patrick was not Irish. He was Romano-Welsh and ended up in Ireland as a captured slave. • In ancient Ireland, the best storyteller (seanchaí) at any feast earned the choicest haunch of meat to eat. • The ancient order of druids still exists today. • One of the greatest warrior chiefs in Irish history, Brian Boru, was likely an ancestor of presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. • When the English conquered Ireland, the Irish people had to live on potatoes. One half-acre of potatoes could feed a family of five for a year. • Between 1845 and 1855, more than two million Irish immigrated to America. Many Irish-Americans today know little about Ireland and their ancestry. Historian Juilene Osborne-McKnight presents Irish-American history in a compelling narrative form, accented with photographs, illustrations, and original, literary interludes. Osborne-McKnight pays homage to her ancestry in this chronicle of the Irish from ancient times to contemporary America.
ISBN: 9781455625338
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Images: 25
Pages: 272
Osborne-McKnight is a professor of English at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She received her MFA in poetry and creative nonfiction from Carlow University, which included a study in residence at Colaiste Naomh Padraig in Ireland. She is also a talented seanchaí, a traditional storyteller in the ancient Irish tradition.
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