Students of the American West will be impressed with Myles Dungan's attempt to elevate the Irish from footnote status to the role of main character in How the Irish West Was Won, an audio survey of the Irish influence on the Western character and history. Dungan is no slouch - he gives his listeners a detailed timeline of the American West in which to place his drama of Irish resettlement. Dungan's story is not one of a single stereotype either - it runs the gamut from fur-trapping mountain men to brave Irish women to the famed Donner party. Narrator Clinton Wade admirably avoids caricature - he spurns the Irish brogue and lets this rip-roaring tale of a varied people set against an iconic landscape speak for itself.
Now everyone will know the truth. Without the Irish, the American frontier may never have been tamed.Here is the full story of the Irish immigrants and their decedents, whose hard work helped make the West what it is today. Learn about the Irish members of the Donner party, forced to consume human flesh to survive the winter; mountain men like Thomas Fitzpatrick, who discovered the South Pass through the Rockies; Ellen “Nellie” Cashman, who ran boarding houses and bought and sold claims in Alaska, Arizona, and Nevada; and Maggie Hall, who became known as the “whore with a heart of gold”. A fascinating and entertaining look at the history of the American West, this book will surprise many and make every Irish American proud.