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The Green and the GrayThe Irish in the Confederate States of America$
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David T. Gleeson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607573_Gleeson

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Introduction The Fighting Irish

Introduction The Fighting Irish

(p.1) Introduction The Fighting Irish
The Green and the Gray

David T. Gleeson

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to not merely outline the Irish involvement with the Confederacy but to analyze its significance, for both the Irish and the Confederacy. The war experience and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish immigrants into white society in the South. The history of the Irish in the Confederacy also provides some insight into the extent and effectiveness of Confederate nationalism.

Keywords:   Irish Americans, Confederacy, Irish immigrants, integration, white society, Confederate nationalism

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