Duffy’s Cut Receives NEH Grant
The Immaculata University sponsored project, Duffy’s Cut: Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in Nineteenth Century America, is among more than 200 humanities projects receiving grants totaling $36.6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Immaculata University Professor of History William Watson, Ph.D., will serve as the project director.
The NEH grant will allow school teachers to study the history of immigration, industrialization and public health at the site of Duffy’s Cut where fifty-seven Irish immigrant railroad workers died from cholera and violence during the summer of 1832. The three-week institute will be held July 11-29, 2016 at Immaculata and is entitled A Perfect Storm at Duffy’s Cut: Investigating Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in 19th Century America.
“Getting the Duffy’s Cut narrative into the school curriculum has been one of the goals of our team since we started this project more than a decade ago, and it is our hope that future generations of American school children will know of the sacrifice of the Irish immigrants who built the railroads,” commented Watson. “We want the words ‘Duffy’s Cut’ to be as familiar to school children as the ‘Alamo’ or ‘Gettysburg’ or the ‘New Deal.’”
NEH chairman William Adams stated, “The grant projects announced represent the very best of humanities scholarship and programming. NEH is proud to support programs that illuminate the great ideas and events of our past, broaden access to our nation’s many cultural resources, and open up for us new ways of understanding the world in which we live.”
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.