Your Fondest Annie

Letters from Annie O’Donnell to James P. Phelan 1901-1904

Annie O'Donnell

Your Fondest Annie

Annie O'Donnell

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Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781904558378 Published June 2005 For sale in North America only
Annie O’Donnell left her native Galway for America in 1898, one of 15,175 Irish women who left that year; they far outnumbered the men, and most of them went into domestic service. She became friends with Jim Phelan on the ship to Philadelphia. He was a 22-year-old farmer from Co. Kilkenny who had run away from home during Sunday mass to join his uncle, a tilesetter in Indianapolis. Annie went to work as a children’s nurse for the W. L. Mellon family of Pittsburgh. Her letters to Jim Phelan, published here for the first time, are a unique contribution to the growing literature on women’s emigration: they provide a sustained three-year narrative of her life as a children’s nurse. Annie O’Donnell had been well educated in Ireland and her letters are lively and enjoyable to read. Maureen Murphy has provided an introduction and notes to the letters.
Contents
Introduction by Maureen Murphy Letters from Annie O’Donnell to James P. Phelan, 1901-1904
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