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An Irish-American Odyssey: The Remarkable Rise of the by Colum Kenny

By Colum Kenny

The O’Shaughnessy brothers’ tale occurs among 1860 and 1950 in Illinois, Missouri, manhattan, and eire. They have been the youngsters of an impoverished immigrant who fled the famine in eire and his Irish-American wife. An Irish-American Odyssey is the story of this first-generation immigrant family’s fight to assimilate into American society, highlighting their perseverance and resolution to grab possibilities and surmount stumbling blocks, the entire whereas setting up a legacy for his or her personal descendants in American paintings, advertisements, journalism, and public service.

TIME journal referred to as James O’Shaughnessy “the top within the company” of advertisements, and he turned the 1st leader govt of the yank organization of advertisements businesses. past, he used to be a “star” reporter on the Chicago Tribune, and James and Francis have been centrally considering founding and holding the Irish Fellowship membership. Francis used to be additionally the 1st graduate of the college of Notre Dame to be invited to carry its annual graduation tackle, whereas Martin used to be the 1st captain of Notre Dame’s legit basketball staff. An lawyer, John represented the alleged sufferer in a infamous “white slavery” case. Thomas (“Gus”) grew to become the best Gaelic Revival artist in the United States in addition to a promoter of Italian-American background, campaigning effectively to have Columbus Day enacted a public holiday.

The awesome upward thrust of the O’Shaughnessy brothers proves the yank dream is attainable.

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The whimsicality of the incident sharpened its significance. James O’Shaughnessy became managing editor overnight. The day before, he had been a reporter on the morning edition. O’Shaughnessy was a gentleman of high character. ” Koenigsberg recalled that O’Shaughnessy had told him of his appointment as managing editor “with a sheepish grin” and added that “It was not of his choosing. In fact, it embarrassed him. He was blindly obeying James O’Shaughnessyâ•›—â•›Star Reporter╇43 instructions. The order had come from Mr.

James O’Shaughnessy avoided further personal embarrassment by taking matters into his own hands: “It was O’Shaughnessy who that night set Hearst’s misgivings at rest. He welcomed relief from the humbug into which he had been thrust. O’Shaughnessy found no pride in his one-day career as a managing editor. ”51 For his part Fred Lawrence did not enjoy an unblemished reputation for his journalism. Hearst had sent him to Cuba to report on the Spanish-American War in 1898. 55 It was an exciting time.

O’Shaughnessy was a gentleman of high character. ” Koenigsberg recalled that O’Shaughnessy had told him of his appointment as managing editor “with a sheepish grin” and added that “It was not of his choosing. In fact, it embarrassed him. He was blindly obeying James O’Shaughnessyâ•›—â•›Star Reporter╇43 instructions. The order had come from Mr. Hearst. As for his dutiesâ•›—â•›he didn’t know where or how to start. He would have to rely on my guidance. ” It emerged that a noted subeditor named Fred W.

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