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Rethinking the Irish in the American SouthBeyond Rounders and Reelers$
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Bryan Albin Giemza

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037986

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037986.001.0001

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On the Uses of Slavery

On the Uses of Slavery

The Irish in the South and Civil War Rhetoric

(p.183) Chapter 9 On the Uses of Slavery
Rethinking the Irish in the American South

Bryan Albin Giemza

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how nineteenth-century Irish Americans had become for the most part galvanized proslavery Democrats whose ethnic awareness—under siege by the often united forces of abolitionism and nativism—resisted American assimilation. Despite an overarching consistency with the white regional majority, the Irish demonstrated a range of responses to the tumult of war that were toned by the themes of Irish history.

Keywords:   Irish Americans, proslavery, assimilation, abolitionism, nativism, war

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