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Author Nolan, Janet, 1946-
Title Ourselves alone : women's emigration from Ireland, 1885-1920 / Janet A. Nolan.
Imprint Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [1989]

Author Nolan, Janet, 1946-
Subject Young women -- Ireland -- Social conditions.
Single women -- Ireland -- Social conditions.
Women immigrants -- United States -- History.
Irish -- United States -- History.
Ireland -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Alternate Title Women's emigration from Ireland, 1885-1920.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 133 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
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Summary In early April of 1888, sixteen-year-old Mary Ann Donovan stood alone on the quays of Queenstown in county Cork waiting to board a ship for Boston in far-off America. She was but one of almost 700,000 young, usually unmarried women, traveling alone, who left their homes in Ireland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a move unprecedented in the annals of European emigration. Using a wide variety of sources -- many of which appear here for the first time -- including personal reminiscences, interviews, oral histories, letter, and autobiographies as well as data from Irish and American census and emigration repots, Janet Nolan makes a sustained analysis of this migration of a generation of young women that puts a new light on Irish social and economic history. By the late nineteenth century changes in Irish life combined to make many young women unneeded in their households and communities; rather than accept a marginal existence, they elected to seek a better life in a new world, often with the encouragement and help of a female relative who had already emigrated. Mary Ann Donovan's journey was representative of thousands of journeys made by Irish women who could truly claim that they had seized control over their lives, by themselves, alone. This book tells their story.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Tables and Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Going Alone; 1 The Changing Face of Ireland, 1830-1880; 2 Women and Social Change, 1830-1880; 3 Women and Emigration, 1880-1920; 4 The Impact of Women's Emigration, 1880-1920; 5 Irish Women in America, 1880-1920; Conclusion: ""Ourselves Alone""; Appendix; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
ISBN 9780813147604 (electronic bk.)
0813147603 (electronic bk.)
0813116848 (alk. paper)
9780813116846 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 654584832
Additional Format Print version: Nolan, Janet, 1946- Ourselves alone. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1989 (DLC) 89035145 (OCoLC)20016274.

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