Plentiful Country: The Great Potato Famine and the Making of Irish New York

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Little Brown and Company
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6.27 X 9.37 X 1.55 inches | 1.61 pounds

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About the Author
Tyler Anbinder is an emeritus professor of history at George Washington University, where he taught courses on the history of American immigration and the American Civil War era. He is the author of three award-winning books and of numerous articles, and his publications have been honored with the Avery Craven Prize of the Organization of American Historians, the Mark Lynton History Prize of the Columbia School of Journalism, and the Hubbell Prize of the Society of Civil War Historians. Anbinder has also held the Fulbright Commission's Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Chair in American History at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and has won three prestigious research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"On a recent visit to Ireland, I saw one of the docks where, it was said, desperate, starving women once held up their children, beseeching strangers to take them to a new life in America. In Tyler Anbinder's moving, expertly told narrative, I learned what happened to that generation of immigrants and their descendants. This is a hugely important and too little-known part of the American story."--Adam Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author of Spain in Our Hearts and American Midnight
"Plentiful Country celebrates the survivors of Ireland's Great Famine, who are so often cast as dazed immigrants unprepared and unsuited for life in New York and America. Drawing on a decade of research, Tyler Anbinder presents them instead as women and men with agency: adept learners who, by both seizing and creating opportunities for themselves, remade their new country. They speak for themselves in this book, in word and deed."--Hasia Diner, New York University, and author of Erin's Daughters in America
"Plentiful Country is a masterpiece of research and writing. Tyler Anbinder has outdone himself by weaving the lives of individual immigrants into a sweeping history of the Irish in New York. From their struggles in Ireland before the famine to the crammed-full ships that carried them over, from their lives as servants, laborers, and artisans to their fanatical savings, ingenious enterprises, and movements across the United States, this book vividly captures the rich history of a complex people."--T.J. Stiles, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The First Tycoon and Custer's Trials
"[An] eye-opening account... Readers will be engrossed."--Publishers Weekly
"Anbinder details the human horrors of the potato famine in unadorned prose that only adds to its emotional impact... [and] weaves together individual immigrants' stories with more general history to make this a remarkably perceptive and engaging portrait of American immigration history."--Booklist
"A superb revisionist history of the Famine generation... Anbinder...provide[s] a series of riveting and deeply personal stories of men and women who moved up the socioeconomic ladder through hard work, entrepreneurial vision and a wee bit of luck."--The Wall Street Journal
"Groundbreaking. The survivors of the Great Hunger portrayed as never before. Plentiful Country will transform your understanding of the generation who survived. They emerge from the shadows in a story of determination and hope that forged New York as we know it."--Fin Dwyer, author of A Lethal Legacy
"With meticulous genealogical research, Anbinder fleshes out the lives of labourers and domestics, peddlers, barmen and saloon-keepers, making for an absorbing read."--Irish Independent
"Research that should reshape history on both sides of the is hard to overestimate the importance and achievement of Anbinder's work."--Irish Times