Rich troves of personal letters and memoirs related to four families who resided in Argentina during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provide the substance of this book, whose objective, according to the author, is to “observe in detail the network of experiences of a few Irish emigrants to Argentina and their families within the totality of their relations” (p. 5). Lest it be merely a compilation of transcribed letters, as informative as they may be, Murray offers a historical and analytical context for the primary materials, reviewing relevant literature, citing a variety of statistics (county of origin in Ireland, age upon arrival in Buenos Aires and at marriage and death, place of residence in the Province of Buenos Aires, and occupation), and assessing motivations for the significant emigration of Irish to Argentina. These two parts are complemented by an epilogue; numerous appendixes,...
Book Review| February 01 2008
Becoming Irlandés: Private Narratives of the Irish Emigration to Argentina (1844 – 1912)
Becoming Irlandés: Private Narratives of the Irish Emigration to Argentina (1844 – 1912). By Murray, Edmundo. Foreword by Sábato, Hilda.
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Hispanic American Historical Review (2008) 88 (1): 118–119.
Deborah Jakubs; Becoming Irlandés: Private Narratives of the Irish Emigration to Argentina (1844 – 1912). Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2008; 88 (1): 118–119. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2007-087
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