How the Irish Became Protestant in America

  title={How the Irish Became Protestant in America},
  author={Michael P. Carroll},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  pages={25 - 54}
  • M. P. Carroll
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Abstract It often comes as a surprise to learn that most contemporary Americans who think of themselves as “Irish” are, in fact, Protestant, not Catholic. While commentators generally agree that these Protestant Irish-Americans are descended mainly from the Irish who settled in the United States prior to the Famine, the story of how they became the Protestants they are is—this article argues—more complicated than first appears. To understand that story, however, one must correct for two… 
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