"The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things"

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Title

"The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things"

Subject

Irish immigration, stereotypes

Description

"A bestial Irishman, his anger inflamed by pro-Irish political broadsides and "demon rum," represents a veritable powder keg of potential violence in this 1871 cartoon. The facial features are typical of the depictions of the Irish used by Nast and other Anglo-American cartoonists, newspaper editors, writers, and opinion-makers, who were unsettled by the influx of Irish immigrants to the United States. The association of the Irish with violence, meanwhile, stemmed from the bloody legacy of a nationalist and peasant protest tradition in Ireland, as well as from fears aroused by events like the 1863 Draft Riots and the seeming Irish penchant for drunkenness and brawling."

Creator

Nast, Thomas

Source

Harper's Weekly (original)
Hosted by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio State University

Publisher

Harper's Weekly/Ohio State

Date

September 2, 1871

Rights

Public domain

Format

Mechanical reproduction

Language

English

Type

Editorial cartoon

Coverage

1870s

Files

Theusualirishway.jpg

Citation

Nast, Thomas, “"The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things",” The Civil War Era, accessed September 26, 2021, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/civilwarera/items/show/62.