Augusta Constitutionalist (Ga) 31 July 1868.
Kids love a challenge and nothing challenges them like a teacher saying something outrageous ( to their experiences) and demanding of them -"Well prove me wrong!"
My students LOVED rubbing my pug-nose in it -deeply and lovingly -and I have to say I loved it too.
I am wrong, early and often, and I will fess up when called on mistakes, misteps and, too often, miss spellings. I write fast and furious and seem to require a full time editor just to pay the light bill.
A few years back there was a huge Hoo-Ha from a very celebrated American academic at University of Illinois who broadly and loudly told Irish Americans to believe him and not their lying eyes. I read his article published by OxFord University ( I'm in there too, under Thackeray BTW) Press and dismissed the professor 'painstaking and careful research' which denied that "No Irish Need Apply" signs existed - ever.
I remember seeing those very signs in the ads of old Chicago newspapers all the way up to WWII.
Well, I never bothered with Professor Richard J. Jensen's thesis and harbored my prejudices based upon emprirical evidence.
A high school student from Brooklyn, NY gutted Professor Jensen two weeks ago from t'aint to gizzard:
in a piece for the Oxford Journal of Social History – the same journal where Jensen published his findings – Rebecca A. Fried, a a high-school student at the Sidwell Friends school in Washington, DC,” has found overwhelming evidence that the NINA signs were very real and very prevalent.
In a wonderfully written and researched rebuttal, Fried challenges Jensen’s claim that “the NINA phenomenon is an ahistorical memory to be explained by ‘delu[sional]’ group psychology and ‘the political need to be bona-fide victims’ rather than by the fact of historic discrimination.”
Instead, she writes, “the documentary record better supports the earlier view that Irish-Americans have a communal recollection of NINA advertising because NINA advertising did, in fact, exist over a substantial period of United States history, sometimes on a fairly widespread basis.”
Wanted advertisement displaying the qualification “No Irish need apply.” The New York Herald, Vol. XXVIII Issue 186, Page 11. 7 July 1863.
How about that, youngster!?!!!!! Professor Jensen is being tuned up thanks to kid who was challenged by a teacher . . .not a real nice on it seems from the exchanges Old Doc Jensen is having with Rebbecca.