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The United Irishmen and Abolition: A Transnational Investigation
David Brundage, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Irish Nationalists in America (The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998) (Book)
Title: Irish Nationalists in America (The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998)
Author: David Brundage
Abstract: David Brundage reveals not only how vital the Irish in United States were to the course of Irish nationalism, but also how their divisions and diversity defy the green monolith of “Irish America” often stereotyped on this side of the Atlantic.
Many Irish discovered a deeper nationalism while adapting to their new lives and identity in the diverse but often intolerant American melting pot. It was a troubled relationship from the start: Wolfe Tone hated living in America (“a churlish, unsocial race, totally absorbed in making money”), while his wife Matilda – the unsung founding mother of Irish America – warned new arrivals to not “expatriate” themselves.
Yet exile, “the nursery of nationality”, was permanent for millions, and Brundage argues that we should see Irish nationalism in the US not just as a source of practical support for the struggle at home, but also as an “imaginative” endeavour, one which created and developed identities and ideas in a transatlantic dynamic of Irish nationalism.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes