Saturday, March 18, 2023
Carly Goodman, author of "Dreamland: America's Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction" (UNC Press), has an excellent essay in Friday's Washington Post 'Made by History' series on St. Patrick's Day and its connection to immigration and the immigrant experience.
As Goodman writes:
But the pageantry and pride on display on St. Patrick’s Day speak to something more than a shared ethnic identity. They are tied to the Irish immigrant experience, which is a crucial part of Irish American culture. Irish Americans have long used St. Patrick’s Day parades to demand opportunities for immigration from their native land, and one of these campaigns even opened doors for immigrants from across the globe. Its success is a reminder that immigration doesn’t need to be a zero sum game, especially because the inclusion of diverse communities of immigrants has long been a boon for the United States.
You can read or listen to the full essay here.