Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Irish Heritage

977.2 GIFF
The Irish: Peopling Indiana
by William W. Griffin

From 1830-1860 there was a mass immigration of Irish settlers into Indiana. They were mostly unskilled laborers who built our roads, canals, and railroads. By 1860 about 24,500 foreign-born Irish were living in Indiana. That was about 2 percent of the total population of Indiana at that time.
However, by 1990 they were almost one million strong. This book is an interesting discussion of the rise of the Irish in Indiana. There are a number of illustrations and a useful index.