This is a comprehensive survey of the Irish in all phases of their emigration, settlement, and life in North America. They are viewed under arms in the Indian wars, the Revolution, the War of 1812, and in the individual services; studied in their states as pioneers and prominent sons; studied as politicians and builders of the Republic; and studied and surveyed in multiple lists and biographies. They are analyzed as financiers, businessmen, and civil servants, and their contributions are explained in statistical analyses of their numbers in proportion to the population of America as a whole. Most important, they are treated as major figures-whether great or small-and the wonder is that a book of this size can treat so many. Hundreds upon hundreds of Irish-Americans are dealt with, from the first immigrants to Barbados in 1649 to the political refugees of the 1840s.