Browse Exhibits (2 total)
The late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries saw immense change in the societal perception of the irish in America. Shifting political, social, and demographic beliefs contributed to this change. Yet, the Irish themselves played a role in the shaping of their own identity. Using the lens of New York City, this exhibit hopes to explore the role of Irish Americans. How did the New York Irish use a variety of individual power, organizations, and cultural events to gain a more prominent role in New York, and forge the Irish American identity?
This exhibit aims to answer the question of why the Irish immigrant population in the 19th century continually flocked to the Five Points region of Manhattan, and why this marginalized population existed as "un-American" and henceforth became America's most notorious gangsters of the time.