The Irish of Portland, Maine: A History of Forest City Hibernians

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The Irish have influenced the city of Portland since it was first established in the seventeenth century. Today's vibrant Catholic community owes its origins to Irish immigrants in Portland's earliest days, when beloved leaders like Father Ffrench provided solace to souls far from home. The church helped them adapt and adapted along with them, affecting the city in many ways. Portland's Irish faced discrimination, especially in the years before the Civil War, when anti-Irish sentiment surged and burnings and violence erupted, like the June 1855 Rum Riot. Despite this, many Portland Irish took up arms for the United States in the Civil War, and their participation in this conflict helped them become assimilated. Join local expert Matthew Jude Barker as he explores the triumphs and challenges of the Irish of Portland before the twentieth century..
ISBN: 9781626190566
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Series: American Heritage
Images: 55
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Matthew Jude Barker is the president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Portland, Maine. He is the editor of The Shamrock Connection, an Irish history newsletter, and a contributor to Portland magazine, Galway Roots journal and Discover Maine. He was a reference assistant at Maine Historical Society and is the writer and compiler of The Maine Irish Heritage Trail.
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