When I read the headline, How the Irish Saved Thanksgiving, on IrishCentral.com, I was curious, but not surprised. After all, what aspect of American culture and society has not been influenced, and quite often saved, by Irish immigrants and their descendants?
Everyone knows that the Kennedy clan changed the face of American politics, and it is impossible to imagine American business and industry without Henry Ford, but did you know that the co-founder of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, is of Irish descent? Or Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, claims a couple of Irish grandparents? Perhaps they did not “save” the airline industry and home pizza delivery, but these two Irish Americans have had tremendous influence on how business is done in America.
While the story on IrishCentral.com was entertaining, I am not certain I agree with the premise that the Irish saved Thanksgiving. The contributions of Irish immigrants have definitely made America a better place. And not just for inexpensive, home-delivered pizzas…