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dc.contributor.authorBurke- Smith, Bridgit.
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-10T19:28:49Z
dc.date.available2017-04-10T19:28:49Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.otherW Thesis 1498
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11040/24393
dc.description142 leaves
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: leaves 133-142.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis will study the importance of labor in the experience of Irish female immigrants in the nineteenth century. It will explore the effects of Irish women having the opportunity in America to earn wages and contribute to their household, a role almost nonexistent in post-famine Ireland. It will also heavily focus on domestic labor, examining how women were expected to do non-paid work in the United States regardless of their other duties. It will be argued that while women had the opportunity to earn a degree of economic independence in the United States, economic independence did not allow them to escape from imposed patriarchal assumptions about women’s traditional duties. The thesis will also look at Irish "whiteness" and argue that the labor of Irish women in America in paid domestic service was influential in the Irish climbing the ladder of American social success, a factor still often ignored by dominant historiographical discourse. The state of Iowa will provide a reference point for research, for Iowa’s rich Irish and labor history make it a prime context to study the immigrant experience of Irish women.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWheaton College (Norton, Mass.)en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.
dc.subject.lcshIrish American women -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
dc.subject.lcshIrish Americans -- Iowa -- History -- 19th century.
dc.subject.lcshWomen immigrants -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
dc.subject.lcshWomen immigrants -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
dc.subject.lcshHousehold employees -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
dc.subject.lcshEmigration and immigration.
dc.titleBridgit's Iowa : the immigrant experience for Irish women in the hawkeye state, 1840-1900.en_US
dc.title.alternativeBridget's Iowa
dc.typeThesisen_US


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