I believe the Irish were threatened, especially during WW One, and called
names such as "traitors" if they identified with their culture, as Irish
One of the presidents at that time, historians please let us know which one,
gave a speech saying that "hypenated" Americans were TRAITORS. This speech
was given to an Irish American audience.
The Irish in America were subjected to a huge propaganda campaign and
whipped up to be loyal to Britain and fight for Britain during WW One.
Schoolchildren were beaten with sticks for speaking the Irish language.
There is SO MUCH we are not told about our own history. There is SO MUCH we
are not told about our own history!
Irish culture/history/literature has been completely ethnically cleansed
from California textbooks, in the public/private/home schools as well.
We have been lied to so much about our own history.
You can get a small idea of how much the Irish culture was swept clean out
of North American. If you watch a tape called "25th Annual Irish Dance
Championships" in Dublin, there is an Irish step dance teacher who talks
about how there was effectively NO Irish dancing in North America in 1953,
when she began teaching. In other words, the entire continent had been
"cleansed" of the beautiful, intricate, historic Irish step dance.
Other cultures/dances are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.
My mom, who is over 50% of Irish descent, had never seen nor heard of the
Irish step dance. What a tremendous loss, what bigotry to cleanse us of our
>My grandmother once told me that when she moved to America, she was told by
>everyone to subdue her accent, forget the old language, and try to blend in.
> She also told me that all of her friends from Ireland did the same thing,
>including not telling their kids anything about their heritage. It was
>enough just to be an American. While I DO feel privileged to be a US
>Citizen, I am saddened by the fact that so many Irish weren't more tenacious
>about holding onto their cultural identity. This is a lesson which we can
>learn from other cultures who immigrate to America. Many of them have
>managed to blend in, without diluting where they came from. And isn't that
>what 'mulit-culturalism' is all about?