Kenny was born on July 11, 1960 in London, United Kingdom; the son of Michael and Bernadette Kenny.
(Twenty Irish immigrants, suspected of belonging to a secr...)
Twenty Irish immigrants, suspected of belonging to a secret terrorist organization called the Molly Maguires, were executed in Pennsylvania in the 1870s for the murder of sixteen men. Ever since, there has been enormous disagreement over who the Molly Maguires were, what they did, and why they did it, as virtually everything we now know about the Molly Maguires is based on the hostile descriptions of their contemporaries. Arguing that such sources are inadequate to serve as the basis for a factual narrative, author Kevin Kenny examines the ideology behind contemporary evidence to explain how and why a particular meaning came to be associated with the Molly Maguires in Ireland and Pennsylvania. At the same time, this work examines new archival evidence from Ireland that establishes that the American Molly Maguires were a rare transatlantic strand of the violent protest endemic in the Irish countryside. Combining social and cultural history, Making Sense of the Molly Maguires offers a new explanation of who the Molly Maguires were, as well as why people wrote and believed such curious things about them. In the process, it vividly retells one of the classic stories of American labor and immigration.
(The writing of Irish American history has been transforme...)
The writing of Irish American history has been transformed since the 1960s. This volume demonstrates how scholars from many disciplines are addressing not only issues of emigration, politics, and social class but also race, labor, gender, representation, historical memory, and return (both literal and symbolic) to Ireland. This recent scholarship embraces Protestants as well as Catholics, incorporates analysis from geography, sociology, and literary criticism, and proposes a genuinely transnational framework giving attention to both sides of the Atlantic. This book combines two special issues of the journal Éire-Ireland with additional new material. The contributors include Tyler Anbinder, Thomas J. Archdeacon, Bruce D. Boling, Maurice J. Bric, Mary P. Corcoran, Mary E. Daly, Catherine M. Eagan, Ruth-Ann M. Harris, Diane M. Hotten-Somers, William Jenkins, Patricia Kelleher, Líam Kennedy, Kerby A. Miller, Harvey O’Brien, Matthew J. O’Brien, Timothy M. O’Neil, and Fionnghuala Sweeney.
(The first volume of the series sponsored by the Whop clot...)
The first volume of the series sponsored by the Whop clothing label of Turin, Italy, dedicated to the phenomenon of great migrations (which inspire the company in their production ideas), deals with one of the most important, the relationships between Ireland and America. The extent of the Irish immigration phenomenon, its Catholic and anti-Reformist features, the famine generations (due to potato blight), the insurrections and illnesses, the changes in lifestyles, trade unionism and the supremacy of the public administration, the ascent of Irish-Americans (from Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy): this very American story has been reconstructed by Kevin Kenny, author of the book and Professor of History at Boston College. Within a century, starting in 1820, five million Irish emigrated to the United States, demonstrating the extraordinary dimensions of this emigration, which almost emptied an island. The impact on American society was very strong since, in the 1840s, the Irish accounted for 45% of
(William Penn established Pennsylvania in 1682 as a "holy ...)
William Penn established Pennsylvania in 1682 as a "holy experiment" in which Europeans and Indians could live together in harmony. In this book, historian Kevin Kenny explains how this Peaceable Kingdom--benevolent, Quaker, pacifist--gradually disintegrated in the eighteenth century, with disastrous consequences for Native Americans. Kenny recounts how rapacious frontier settlers, most of them of Ulster extraction, began to encroach on Indian land as squatters, while William Penn's sons cast off their father's Quaker heritage and turned instead to fraud, intimidation, and eventually violence during the French and Indian War. In 1763, a group of frontier settlers known as the Paxton Boys exterminated the last twenty Conestogas, descendants of Indians who had lived peacefully since the 1690s on land donated by William Penn near Lancaster. Invoking the principle of "right of conquest," the Paxton Boys claimed after the massacres that the Conestogas' land was rightfully theirs. They set out for Philadelphia, threatening to sack the city unless their grievances were met. A delegation led by Benjamin Franklin met them and what followed was a war of words, with Quakers doing battle against Anglican and Presbyterian champions of the Paxton Boys. The killers were never prosecuted and the Pennsylvania frontier descended into anarchy in the late 1760s, with Indians the principal victims. The new order heralded by the Conestoga massacres was consummated during the American Revolution with the destruction of the Iroquois confederacy. At the end of the Revolutionary War, the United States confiscated the lands of Britain's Indian allies, basing its claim on the principle of "right of conquest." Based on extensive research in eighteenth-century primary sources, this engaging history offers an eye-opening look at how colonists--at first, the backwoods Paxton Boys but later the U.S. government--expropriated Native American lands, ending forever the dream of colonists and Indians living together in peace.
(What does diaspora mean? Until quite recently, the word h...)
What does diaspora mean? Until quite recently, the word had a specific and restricted meaning, referring principally to the dispersal and exile of the Jews. But since the 1960s, the term diaspora has proliferated to a remarkable extent, to the point where it is now applied to migrants of almost every kind. This Very Short Introduction explains where the concept of diaspora came from, how its meaning changed over time, why its usage has expanded so dramatically in recent years, and how it can both clarify and distort the nature of migration. Kevin Kenny highlights the strength of diaspora as a mode of explanation, focusing on three key elements--movement, connectivity, and return--and illustrating his argument with examples drawn from Jewish, Armenian, African, Irish, and Asian diasporas. He shows that diaspora is not simply a synonym for the movement of people. Its explanatory power is greatest when people believe that their departure was forced rather than voluntary. Thus diaspora would not really explain most of the Irish migration to America, but it does shed light on the migration compelled by the Great Famine. Kenny also describes how migrants and their descendants develop diasporic cultures abroad--regardless of the form their migration takes--based on their connections with a homeland, real or imagined, and with people of common origin in other parts of the world. Finally, most conceptions of diaspora feature the dream of a return to a homeland, even when this yearning does not involve an actual physical relocation. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
( The American Irish: A History, is the first concise, gen...)
The American Irish: A History, is the first concise, general history of its subject in a generation. It provides a long-overdue synthesis of Irish-American history from the beginnings of emigration in the early eighteenth century to the present day. While most previous accounts of the subject have concentrated on the nineteenth century, and especially the period from the famine (1840s) to Irish independence (1920s), The American Irish: A History incorporates the Ulster Protestant emigration of the eighteenth century and is the first book to include extensive coverage of the twentieth century. Drawing on the most innovative scholarship from both sides of the Atlantic in the last generation, the book offers an extended analysis of the conditions in Ireland that led to mass migration and examines the Irish immigrant experience in the United States in terms of arrival and settlement, social mobility and assimilation, labor, race, gender, politics, and nationalism. It is ideal for courses on Irish history, Irish-American history, and the history of American immigration more generally.
Kenny was born on July 11, 1960 in London, United Kingdom; the son of Michael and Bernadette Kenny.
Kenny received a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1987. Two years later he earned his Master of Arts degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in History from Columbia University in 1990. Also Kevin was given a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from the same university in 1994.
He was awarded Bancroft Dissertation Award from Columbia University in 1995 and Annabella Kirkpatrick Prize Scholarship from the University of Edinburgh in 1987.
Kenny began his career as an adjunct instructor of history at the City College of City University of New York in 1993. A year later he took a position of an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas and held it for five years. In 1995, Kevin was a visiting assistant professor of history at Columbia University.
Also he worked as an associate professor of history at Boston College from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 Kenny has been a professor of history at the same college. In addition, in 2009, he was appointed a director of graduate studies and an assistant chair of the history department at Boston College, where he worked until 2010. In 2014, Kevin held the position of a chair of the history department at the same college, where he served for three years.
(The first volume of the series sponsored by the Whop clot...)2007
(Twenty Irish immigrants, suspected of belonging to a secr...)1998
(What does diaspora mean? Until quite recently, the word h...)2013
(William Penn established Pennsylvania in 1682 as a "holy ...)2009
( The American Irish: A History, is the first concise, gen...)2014
(The writing of Irish American history has been transforme...)2003
Kenny is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Immigration and Ethnic History Society and American Conference on Irish Studies.
On June 13, 1992 Kevin Kenny married Rosanna Crocitto. They have 2 children.