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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Critical Role The Irish Had In The West

Montana-based historian David Emmons' new book offers a different portrait of the often idealized American West.

Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845-1910"Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845-1910" examines the role of the Irish in westward expansion.

The Irish didn't fit into the western myth or image, Emmons says during a recent phone interview. "There aren't any cowboy movies where John Wayne plays a hard rock miner in Lead, S.D., or a meat packer in Sioux Falls or South Omaha."

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