Green Again: Irish-American Lace-Curtain Satire

  title={Green Again: Irish-American Lace-Curtain Satire},
  author={W. Williams},
  journal={New Hibernia Review},
  pages={24 - 9}
  • W. Williams
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • History
  • New Hibernia Review
Just off the boat, unacquainted with American ways, still literally and figura tively carrying the baggage of the Old World, the "greenhorn" was mocked in songs, vaudeville skits, comic strips, and plays. He was even laughed at by his more assimilated countrymen. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, how ever, American popular culture discovered another comic type in ethnic com munities: the immigrant who, having shed his greenness, understood such essentials of American society as… 
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