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Local Author to Discuss, Sign Book on Irish in the South

Savannah, GA– In his book, The Irish in the South, 1815-1877, David T. Gleeson, professor of history at Armstrong Atlantic State University, explores how the Irish became Southerners as well as Americans. The only comprehensive study of Irish immigrants in the nineteenth-century South, this book makes a valuable contribution to the story of the Irish in America and to our understanding of southern culture.

Gleeson, a native of Ireland, is assistant professor of history at Armstrong Atlantic State University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University; his areas of academic specialization are the American South, urban and immigration studies, Jacksonian America, Civil War and Reconstruction, and modern Ireland. Gleeson is the founder and director of the Monsignor Bourke Irish America Studies Fund and the organizer and coordinator of the Symposium on the Irish Diaspora, held annually siince 1998 at Armstrong Atlantic.

February 18, 2002


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