Conclusion

 

Through individual power, organizations, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Irish immigrants during the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century forged an Irish American identity that allowed them to change their place in society.  From the wild, uncivilized, rowdy, drunk crowd fighting with each other, Anglo-Americans, and the police depicted in the 1867 political cartoon to the epitome of civilized – priests, military officers, police, and Irishmen sitting together on the grand stand decorated with American and Irish flags watching the parade in the 1913 photograph, Irish Americans changed their image and place in society and forged the Irish American identity.