David M. Quinn

STEEL SHAMROCKS The Sons of Annie McKenna


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The Sons of Annie McKenna


  • Widowed mother of seven, Annie McKenna rises above repeated losses due to sickness, death, abandonment, and dislocation.
  • Bernard (Barney) McKenna advances from iron molder, union organizer, and volunteer fireman to alderman, police magistrate and, finally, reforming mayor. He was long the informal leader of Pittsburgh's Democrats.
  • Charles McKenna joins the 155th PA Volunteers at age 17, serving from Antietam to Appomattox. His distinguished law career was highlighted by service to charities, veterans' groups, and the Federal and County judiciary.
  • Their lives were marked by a corrupt political system, labor unrest, ethnic and religious hostility, natural and man-made calamity, political reform efforts, and continuous public service.

STEEL SHAMROCKS The Sons of Annie McKenna

This is serious historical writing: as such, it seeks to pair the drama of fiction with nonfiction facts and background, and both captures the experiences and feel of its times and provides the necessary supportive platform of history upon which to base these events.

That's one of the novel's strengths. Steel Shamrocks stands apart from other stories of the early experiences of Irish immigrants in America.

It's hard to imagine the lengths that the early Irish went through, both in the 'old country' and in the new America. Steel Shamrocks is firmly grounded in real events and a sense of its times, and its detailed approach will delight serious readers of historical fiction.

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer – Midwest Book Review

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From humble immigrant beginnings in early 19th century Pittsburgh, Bernard (Barney) McKenna and Charles F. McKenna made civic service their chosen path to position and influence. One became a beloved mayor and political reformer. The other was a Civil War soldier and distinguished attorney and jurist. But it was their widowed mother Annie who enabled their rise in the face of tragedy and struggle.

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