A lively collection of historical essays, Forged in America tells the story of how Irish America and Jewish America came together, clashed, and collaborated in the United States. The encounter between the Irish and the Jews featured antagonism and conflict, but it was also creative, open-minded, and mutually beneficial. In the tenements and in the labor movement, in politics and education, and in sports and popular culture, the Irish and the Jews decisively shaped the history of urban America.
Hasia R. Diner is Professor Emerita at the Departments of History and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History. Among her many books are Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration, The Jews of the United States: 1654 to 2000, We Remember With Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945–1962, and, with Carl Bon Tempo, Immigration: An American History.
Miriam Nyhan Grey is editor of Ireland’s Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising. A former associate director of Glucksman Ireland House and a regular co-editor of the American Journal of Irish Studies, Grey originated the Black, Brown and Green Voices project at NYU.