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By Colum Kenny

ISBN-10: 082622024X

ISBN-13: 9780826220240

The O’Shaughnessy brothers’ tale happens among 1860 and 1950 in Illinois, Missouri, long island, and eire. They have been the kids of an impoverished immigrant who fled the famine in eire and his Irish-American wife. An Irish-American Odyssey is the story of this first-generation immigrant family’s fight to assimilate into American society, highlighting their perseverance and resolution to grab possibilities and surmount hindrances, the entire whereas developing a legacy for his or her personal descendants in American artwork, advertisements, journalism, and public service.

TIME journal referred to as James O’Shaughnessy “the most sensible within the company” of advertisements, and he grew to become the 1st leader govt of the yankee organization of advertisements businesses. previous, he used to be a “star” reporter on the Chicago Tribune, and James and Francis have been centrally occupied with founding and holding the Irish Fellowship membership. Francis used to be additionally the 1st graduate of the collage of Notre Dame to be invited to carry its annual graduation deal with, whereas Martin was once the 1st captain of Notre Dame’s legit basketball group. An lawyer, John represented the alleged sufferer in a infamous “white slavery” case. Thomas (“Gus”) turned the major Gaelic Revival artist in the United States in addition to a promoter of Italian-American history, campaigning effectively to have Columbus Day enacted a public holiday.

The awesome upward push of the O’Shaughnessy brothers proves the yankee dream is attainable.

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The whimsicality of the incident sharpened its significance. James O’Shaughnessy became managing editor overnight. The day before, he had been a reporter on the morning edition. O’Shaughnessy was a gentleman of high character. ” Koenigsberg recalled that O’Shaughnessy had told him of his appointment as managing editor “with a sheepish grin” and added that “It was not of his choosing. In fact, it embarrassed him. He was blindly obeying James O’Shaughnessyâ•›—â•›Star Reporter╇43 instructions. The order had come from Mr.

He added: One of my earliest recollections was my father’s announcing in our home that General Shields had died. A few days later, when his remains were brought back from Ottawa, Iowa, which was the place of his death, to Carrollton, it became necessary to transfer them from the North Missouri Railroad to the Wabash Railroad at Moberly, where my father then lived. He was chairman of the delegation which, through the kindness of the gentlemen from Carrollton who had arrived in Moberly to escort the remains to the home of his bereaved widow, was allowed to act with them as a guard of honor.

36 General James Shields If the boys received a general education in local schools, they received a political education from their father. James Shaughnessy took an active interest in civic developments, being, for example, one of the directors of Missouri Settlers╇15 Moberly Public Schools from 1881 to 1884. He had earlier also made the acquaintanceship of General James Shields, who served Missouri as a railroad commissioner and as a member of its legislature from 1874 to 1879. In 1879 Shields was elected to represent Missouri in the US Senate.

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