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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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“A Lengthening Chain in the Shape of Memories”

“A Lengthening Chain in the Shape of Memories”

The Irish and Southern Culture

(p.19) Chapter 1 “A Lengthening Chain in the Shape of Memories”
Rethinking the Irish in the American South

William R Ferris

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the ways in which the Irish have influenced southern culture. The author cites the affecting familial correspondence of his Irish ancestors in Mississippi as well as the deep Irish roots present in country music, the profusion of Irish societies in southern cities, and the enduring regional presence of Irish Travelers.

Keywords:   Irish, southern culture, American South, country music, Irish societies, Irish Travelers

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