Patrick’s Day Parade/ 1874, 10 ¼ x 13 1/3, 1874 5pp complete. Good lithograph cover by Teller & Co. NY. In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Despised for their alien religious beliefs and unfamiliar accents by the American Protestant majority, the immigrants had trouble finding even menial jobs. When Irish Americans in the country’s cities took to the streets on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate their heritage, newspapers portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys. The American Irish soon began to realize, however, that their large and growing numbers endowed them with a political power that had yet to be exploited. They started to organize, and their voting bloc, known as the “green machine,” became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick’s Day parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans.
Sheet music exhibits some light use and wear, from bound volume with accompanying bindery markings along spine,spine split, sm 988 overall Fine.sm988
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