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Luck of the Irish evades the Kennedy family, America’s best-known Irish political dynasty

JOHN F. KENNEDY, whose ancestors left Ireland during the potato famine of the mid-19th century, was famously the first United States president of Catholic Irish descent. When Americans narrowly elected Kennedy in 1960, anti-Catholic bias was still part of the mainstream culture. I am a scholar of Irish literature and the author of “Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic […]