Articles and Chapters
“Striking Scenes: Robert Koehler, The Strike (1886), and Competing Visions of Labor-Capital Conflict in the Gilded Age,” Common-Place, October 2010. Common-place is an online scholarly journal published jointly by the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) and the University of Connecticut. Click to Read
“Soggarth Aroon: The Rise and Fall of Rev. Edward McGlynn,” in Terry Golway, ed., Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946 (Fordham University Press, 2008): 147-161. Click to Read
"Hibernians Versus Hebrews?: A New Look at the 1902 Jacob Joseph Funeral Riot," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era vol. 6, no. 2 (April 2007): 209-225. Click to Read
“How Easily We Forget: The General Slocum Disaster,” New-York Journal of American History 65:3 (Spring 2004): 98-113.
“Pictures vs. Words?: Public History, Tolerance, and the Challenge of Jacob Riis,” The Public Historian 26:3 (Summer 2004): 7-26.
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"The Ethnic Crucible: New York's Lower East Side and How It Got That Way," Journal of Urban History (2005) 32: 138-146.
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"How the Irish Became Urban: The Irish Experience in Large American Cities," Journal of Urban History 25 (January 1998): 271-286. Click to Read
“The Irish and Machine Politics in New York City,” Michael Glazier, ed., Encyclopedia of the Irish in America (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000): 887-89.
"'The Scattered Debris of the Irish Nation': The Famine Irish and New York City, 1845-1855" in Margaret Crawford, ed., The Hungry Stream: Emigration from Ireland during the Great Famine (Institute of Irish Studies Press, 1997): 49-60. Click to Read
"United Front: The Irish and the American Labor Movement," in Terry Golway, The Irish in America (New York: Hyperion Press, 1997): 153-58.
"'Though Not An Irishman': Henry George and the American Irish," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 56 (October 1997): 407-419. Click to Read
"Built Like A Bonfire: The General Slocum Disaster, June 15, 1904," In Kenneth T. Jackson and David S. Dunbar, eds., Empire City: New York Through the Centuries (Columbia University Press, 2002):
2000-2009 “Hibernian Chronicle,” a weekly column on Irish American history for the Irish Echo, the nation’s most widely circulated Irish newspaper (ca. 150,000).
May 7, 2006: “Bring Us Your Tired, Your Poor. Or Don't,” New York Times. [article on the anti-immigrant movement in New York City] Click to Read
September 4, 2005: "The Sage of Tammany Hall," New York Times. [article on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Plunkitt of Tammany Hall]
July 31, 2005: "The Dawn of New York's Ice Age," New York Times. [history of the ice industry in 19th c. NYC] Click to Read
June 6, 2004: "A Neighborhood of Their Own," New York Times. [history of Philip Payton and the making of Black Harlem]
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August 30, 2003: "Brother Can You Spare a Day?," New York Times. [history of the Labor Day holiday and commentary on its enduring significance] Click to Read
June 8, 2003: "The Fire, and the Forgetting," New York Times. [history of the General Slocum fire of 1904 and commentary concerning historical memory] Click to Read
November 25, 2010: “Merry Christmas? No, Happy Holidays,” New York Daily News. [commentary on the overlooked virtues of the expression "Happy Holidays"] Click to Read
December 25, 2009: “Defending ‘Happy Holidays’ ,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette. [commentary on the overlooked virtues of the expression "Happy Holidays"]
September 14, 2001: "Catastrophe at Towers Different from Pearl Harbor," carried by Knight-Ridder News Svc. and appearing in newspapers nationwide, including the Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette. [commentary concerning the place of Sept. 11 in historical context] Click to Read
March 15, 2001: "St. Patrick's Day Events Honor Us All with Red, White and Blue," carried by Knight-Ridder News Service and appearing in 26 newspapers nationwide. [commentary concerning the role of the St. Patrick's Day parade in promoting tolerance] Click to Read
August 12, 1999: "A New Mask for Old Hatreds," New York Daily News. [commentary concerning anti-immigrant billboards in Queens] Click to Read
O'Donnell's Other Published Writings
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Edward T. O'Donnell is the author of several books (see below) and has written articles for the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and The Irish Echo. O'Donnell's op-eds have appeared in newspapers across the nation.
As a scholar of American urban, ethnic, labor, and industrial history, O'Donnell has also published many articles (see full list below with links) in professional historical journals such as the Journal of Urban History, The Public Historian, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Common-Place, and the New-York Journal of American History.
Books and Other Writings by Edward T. O'Donnell