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Author Moses, Paul (Professor of English)
Title An unlikely union : the love-hate story of New York's Irish and Italians / Paul Moses.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, 2015.

Author Moses, Paul (Professor of English)
Subject Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Ethnic identity.
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Ethnic identity.
New York (N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. In the basement: the church as a battleground -- "Garibaldi and his hordes" -- "The Italian problem" -- Tipping point -- "Race war" -- Part II. Turf wars: rivals in the workplace -- "Can't they be separated?" -- "The other half of me!" -- Black Hand -- On the waterfront -- White Hand -- Part III. Sharing the stage: politics and entertainment -- The pols -- Cool -- Part IV. At the altar: becoming family -- Love stories -- Food and family -- Sharing the bastions of power.
Note Print version record.
Summary "An Unlikely Union unfolds the dramatic story of how two of America's largest ethnic groups learned to love and laugh with each other in the wake of decades of animosity. The vibrant cast of characters features saints such as Mother Frances X. Cabrini, who stood up to the Irish American archbishop of New York when he tried to send her back to Italy, and sinners like Al Capone, who left his Irish wife home the night he shot it out with Brooklyn's Irish mob. Also highlighted are the love affair between radical labor organizers Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and Carlo Tresca; Italian American gangster Paul Kelly's alliance with Tammany's "Big Tim" Sullivan; hero detective Joseph Petrosino's struggle to be accepted in the Irish-run NYPD; and Frank Sinatra's competition with Bing Crosby to be the country's top male vocalist. In this engaging history of the Irish and Italians, veteran New York City journalist and professor Paul Moses offers an archetypal American story. At a time of renewed fear of immigrants, it demonstrates that Americans are able to absorb tremendous social change and conflict--and come out the better for it."--Publisher's description.
ISBN 1479873667 (electronic bk.)
9781479873661 (electronic bk.)
9781479871308 (cl ; alk. paper)
1479871303 (cl ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 911593898
Additional Format Print version: 9781479871308 1479871303 (DLC) 2015000490

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