Irish History & Culture

Virtual Tenement Talk – Plentiful Country


Enjoy a timely conversation with award-winning author Tyler Anbinder about his new release, Plentiful Country: The Great Potato Famine and the Making of Irish New York.

Irish immigrants transformed New York City in the 19th Century–by 1855, nearly one-third of all adults in Manhattan were Irish immigrants who had escaped the hunger now commonly known as the potato famine. They bore the weight of low status and prejudice as they sought refuge in the tenements of Lower Manhattan, yet their striving and tenacity reshaped the entire nation.

Anbinder uses newly available records to highlight the individual and communal stories of the “Famine Irish,” bringing new perspectives to our understanding of this migration.

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