The Butte Irish: Class and Ethnicity in an American Mining Town, 1875-1925 (Statue of Liberty Ellis Island) (Paperback)
From a treasure trove of "Irish stuff," the reports, minutes, and correspondence of the major Irish-American organizations in Butte, Emmons shows how the stalwart supporters of the RELA and the Ancient Order of Hiberians marched and drilled for Irish freedom---and how, as they ran the town, the miners' union, and the largest mining companies, they used this tradition of ethnic cooperation to ensure safe and steady work, Irish mines taking care of Irish miners. Butte was new, overwhelmingly Irish, and extraordinarily dangerous---the ideal place to test the seam between class and ethnicity.
"This is a very important book, perhaps one of the most important and best books ever written on Irish-American workers. "--Journal of American History
"Brings a new level of sophistication to the field of American history. David Emmons has written an elegant account of a remarkable western community, and one of the most impressive studies of the postfamine Irish."--Journal of Economic History
"Emmons has untangled the threads of Irish-American nationalism, worker radicalism, class divisions within the Irish community, and the effect of a new generation of Irish immigrants on old Irish associational life. It is a masterful job.--Mary Murphy, Montana: Magazine of Western History