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Irish, Catholic and ScouseThe History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1940$
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John Belchem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311079

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313363

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Depression, Decline and Heritage Recovery

Depression, Decline and Heritage Recovery

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Irish, Catholic and Scouse
Liverpool University Press

This chapter shows that the Irish fared considerably better than some other ‘British subjects’ in ‘cosmopolitan’ Liverpool. In the depressed economic conditions of the inter-war period, the distinctive identity of the Liverpool-Irish was tried and tested. The Liverpool-Irish came under renewed pressure and scrutiny as a result of an adverse conjuncture of ‘second wave’ migration, economic depression and political realignments. Political expressions of Irish nationalism were subdued in inter-war Liverpool. The Irish were considered to be consummate welfare scroungers. Throughout the inter-war period, there were recurrent ‘moral panics’ about the growth of black and Arab settlements and the wholesale dumping of ‘coloured seamen’. This period also saw episodic tension and disjuncture between the founded Liverpool-Irish community and new arrivals from the Free State. It is observed that Irish intonation was the dominant constituent of Liverpool's ‘accent exceedingly rare’.

Keywords:   Irish, Liverpool, Liverpool-Irish, second wave migration, Irish nationalism, inter-war period, Free State, Irish intonation

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