More than forty million people consider themselves Irish-American, and yet most of them do not truly understand the rich cultural history of their ancestors. From prehistoric times to the emigration of the Irish to Amerikay, this broad, yet comprehensive, history gives a general overview of the deep history of Irish-Americans. Intricate Celtic illustrations accent each section, weaving a visual and stimulating picture of Irish history.
The book includes such interesting topics as:
• the four cycles of Irish storytelling
• ancient Celtic legends of shapeshifting and Fair Folk
• the six Gaelic languages and their relation to one another
• the Gallic Wars with Julius Caesar
• the Anglo-Norman invasion
• the sacred ceremonies and religious beliefs of the Druids
• the real story of St. Patrick
• the Great Famine brought on by British involvement
• the mass exodus of Irish to America
• the struggle for Irish-Americans to rebuild their lives upon new soil, in an unwelcome land.
About the Author
Juilene Osborne-McKnight is the chair of humanities, chair of communication, and director of creative writing at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She also teaches as an associate professor of journalism, literature, and creative writing at the school. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Historical Novel Society, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author of four books of historical fantasy set in Ireland. Osborne-McKnight lives with her husband, Thomas, in Warrington, Pennsylvania.
About the Illustrator
Designer and illustrator Mara McKnight received her bachelor of arts in communication from DeSales University. She went on to study fine art and graphic design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She works as a freelance artist and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
THE STORY WE CARRY IN OUR BONES
Irish History for Americans
By Juilene Osborne-McKnight
Illustrated by Mara McKnight
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland
HISTORY / North America
HISTORY / Social History
TRAVEL / Europe / Ireland
272 pp. 7 x 9
300 photos / illus / maps
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