Tyler Anbinder on Ireland’s Great Famine Refugees in New York

My guest is Tyler Anbinder who, along with Cormac Ó Gráda and Simone A. Wegge, authored the article “Networks and Opportunities: A Digital History of Ireland’s Great Famine Refugees in New York,” which appears in the December 2019 issue of the AHR. Tyler Anbinder is Professor of History at George Washington University. He is author of such works as Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s; Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum; and City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. Cormac Ó Gráda is Professor Emeritus at the University College Dublin’s School of Economics. His books include Ireland: A New Economic History, 1780–1939 (Oxford University Press, 1994); Black ’47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History. Simone Wegge is Professor of Economics at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Wegge researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European emigration and the socioeconomics of nineteenth-century European villages. Her work has appeared in the European Review of Economic History, the Journal of Economic History, Social Science History, among other venues.

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