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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 Irish Revolution, 1916–1921

The Irish Revolution, 1916–1921

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Irish Nationalists in America

David Brundage

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Irish War of Independence and its impact on the United States. Following a brief narrative of the Easter Rising, it discusses events in Ireland from the Rising to the truce with Britain in 1921. It then turns to America, where a new republican organization, the Friends of Irish Freedom, grew very large and had a major influence among Irish Americans generally. America’s entry into World War I was a setback for the movement, but the chapter analyzes one small organization, the Irish Progressive League, which developed links with social reformers and women’s rights advocates, and which continued to take an active role. American events from the end of the war to 1921 are then considered, especially the 1920 New York dockworkers’ strike, which was led by a group of women activists and was supported by the Black Nationalist, Marcus Garvey.

Keywords:   Easter Rising, Friends of Irish Freedom, Marcus Garvey, Irish Progressive League, Irish War of Independence

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