Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

EAF 228: Social Foundations of Education: Irish Americans

Selected Books

The American School, 1642-2000
Chapter 5, Irish Catholics: A Threat to Anglo-American Schools and Culture, page 87

The Education of an Urban Minority: Catholics in Chicago, 1833-1965

Ethnic Differences: Schooling and Social Structure Among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American City, 1880-1935
Although this book is essentially a scholarly treatment of the situation in one city (Providence, RI), it provides some general observations that may be useful.

Facts About American Immigration
Note that this is a Reference book.  It is located on the main floor and cannot be taken from the library.  Although not related to education, there is good background information about immigrants from Ireland starting on page 109.

Irish-American and Italian-American Educational Views and Activities, 1870-1900: A Comparison

History of Immigrant Female Students in Chicago Public Schools, 1900--1950
This is a doctoral dissertation completed at the Univerity of Illinois/Urbana.  You will need to go to the Dissertations and Theses database and search for the title.  The dissertation is over 200 pages, so you won't want to print the whole dissertation.  Look at the table of contents starting on page vii.  There is a great deal of background information as well as chapters devoted to specific ethnic groups.

Servants of the Poor: Teachers and Mobility in Ireland and Irish America

How the Irish Became White

Irish Americans: Identity and Assimilation

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Volume 2: see particularly p. 735 "Acculturation and Assimilation"