Tom Deignan is the author of "Irish Americans: Coming to America" (Barron’s) and served as a contributing writer for the book "Irish American Chronicle" (Publications International Ltd.).
He writes the weekly Sidewalks column for the Irish Voice newspaper and contributes a monthly Op Ed column to the Newark Star Ledger.
His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Irish Independent, and magazines such as Commonweal, America, Publisher's Weekly and Irish America. Currently an English teacher in Brooklyn, Deignan has taught history, cinema and English at CUNY, St. John’s University and Bowling Green State University.
Born in Staten Island, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children. He is currently working on a novel set in Brooklyn on the eve of World War II.
In light of recent news, we are left with two choices: worse and worser.
Today, January 16, in 1919, 101 years ago, the law enforcing The Prohibition in the United States was ratified.
It's that time of year again, the silly season in Hollywood, with its parade of awards shows.
“Are we talking about n****r or paddy?” Walter Mosley called to HR and what his case shows us about our democratic society.
Reflecting on the passing of How the Irish Became White author Noel Ignatiev and how the Irish punched downward in the United States.
Ragamuffin Day is still celebrated each year with a Thanksgiving parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
America is in need of a revolution! Perhaps in this columnist's daughter's lifetime, there will be a female president of the United States.