This collection of forty-nine letters sent from Manchester (1877-1904), chronicles the growing wealth and respectability of Irish emigrants making good in industrial England, offering an interesting counterpoint to more familiar stories of poverty. They show that the Irish in England did not always experience the squalor and degradation depicted by Carlyle and Engels.
The editor’s introduction illuminates the social history of England as well as Irish emigration.
About the Author
Lawrence McBride teaches history at Illinois State University. He is the author of The Greening of Dublin Castle: The Transformation of Bureaucratic and Judicial Government in Ireland, 1892-1922 (1991).