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Irish Nationalists in AmericaThe Politics of Exile, 1798–1998$
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David Brundage

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331776.001.0001

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The New Departure in America, 1878–1890

The New Departure in America, 1878–1890

(p.111) 5 The New Departure in America, 1878–1890
Irish Nationalists in America

David Brundage

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the so-called New Departure and on the rise and fall of the American Land League, the key leaders of which were Michael Davitt and newspaper editor Patrick Ford, with support from the economic reformer Henry George. It shows how the two principal strands of Irish nationalism, the constitutional (now focused on Home Rule) and the republican, came together for a brief time around a social reform program that included labor rights in the United States and land reform in Ireland. It also shows how women’s activism (especially in the Ladies Land League) and racial equality were embraced by part of this movement. It then explores the decline of Land League radicalism as Charles Stewart Parnell steered Irish nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic in a more narrowly political direction.

Keywords:   New Departure, Michael Davitt, Charles Stewart Parnell, Patrick Ford, Henry George, Land League, Home Rule, Ladies Land League

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