A significant contribution to the history of Irish immigrants in America and the way they adapted and assimilated into their new localities and how those who traveled to the West Coast significantly improved their lives and literally grew the city of San Francisco. San Francisco is one of 'the most Irish cities' in the United States. This study examines Irish pioneers in San Francisco during the fifty years after the Gold Rush in California. When gold was discovered in Coloma, northern California in 1848, hundreds of thousands of would-be gold seekers from all around the world, as well as a considerable number of Irish people from the east coast of the Unites States, flocked to the insignificant port of San Francisco. As most of the newly-arrived were unaccompanied single and young men, they dreamed of striking it rich within a short period of time and planned to go back where they came from as soon as they could. However, the majority of Irish people didn't go home after mining for gold, but came back to San Francisco and stayed there.
Many of those Irish pioneers simply couldn't afford a return trip, while others left Ireland or Irish communities elsewhere for good due to various economic, social or political reasons. The main focus of this work is to provide an overview of Irish immigrants in San Francisco between 1848 and 1900.
Foreword by Jeffrey M. Burns; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1: It is an Irish life: Ireland; 1:1 Background of Irish migration; 1:2 The Great Famine; 1:3 American wake; 2: Going to America: California dream; 2:1 Background of the Irish in the United States; 2:2 Gold Rush; 2:3 Go west; 2:4 San Francisco; 2:5 The Paris of the West; 2:6 Barbary Coast; 2:7 The Know-Nothing Party; 3: Trying their Irish luck: Irish pioneers; 3:1 Most notable immigrants; 3:2 Irish pioneers; 3:2:1 Timothy Murphy; 3:2:2 Jasper O'Farrell; 3:2:3 David Colbreth Broderick; 3:2:4 Dr Hugh Huger Toland; And More.