Humor Mr. O'Connor certainly displayed during our interview, where I sought to debunk his "Irishness" and examine what it means for him to be an "Irish-American."
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The plights of the Irish and blacks in America are extremely different, but share some similarities. Irish were sometimes thought of as black people "turned inside out," and blacks as "smoked Irish."
Rare is the writer who can not only recite historical facts, but also make them vibrant and flesh-colored. Karen McCarthy is indeed one such gifted writer.
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