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From: William F Shaughnessy< >
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 21:15:21 EST


On Fri, 6 Feb 1998 12:14:57 EST writes:
>In a message dated 98-02-06 11:00:31 EST, LInda writes:
>
><< And that the way forward is to acknowledge that and to find a
> way to forge a new identity -- which is inclusive of both ethniticies
>--
> or some other solution which we cannot foresee because only our
>children
> can. I don't find denying the ethnic problem's validity helpful.
> A new "Irish" ethnicity must evolve that is inclusive, not exclusive.
>>>
>
>there is one great example of that in Irish history: assimilation of
>the
>Normans by the Irish. For instance, the de Burghs became the Burkes
>(have some
>in my line and have been reading about them) and became fiercely Irish
>patriots through many centuries.
>

Joan:

In the past, we have always been able to assimilate our enemies. I
believe we have effectively done so in the present, but the
"assimilatees" are showing signs of inordinate stubbornness. <grin>

Bill

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