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From: " Maureen Spokes" <>
Subject: [Irish in Chicago] sharing information
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 11:02:19 -0400
It has taken me about four years to uncover some fascinating information
about the Irish in Chicago. My own family did not especially want to
talk about the past. I took that as a sign that it was something
shameful but I found out quite the opposite. The labor movement in
Chicago at the end of the 19th century was a result of the Irish there
and resulted in what we know today as the American middle class worker.
(It may be reaching a little but then again - I'm Irish.) Someday we
should put all of research together on one site for everyone to enjoy. I
have been studying the story of Englewood, which is where my family
started out - in Visitation parish. There is no place like Chicago and
the Irish there played a big part in her story. I am totally fascinated
by it. We need to keep researching (and sharing).