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United Irishmen, United States

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Among the thousands of political refugees who flooded into the United States during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, none had a greater impact on the early republic than the United Irishmen. They were, according to one Federalist, "the most God-provoking Democrats on this side of Hell." "Every United Irishman, " insisted another, "ought to be hunted from ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published May 21st 1998 by Cornell University Press (first published May 19th 1998)
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Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, ireland
Overall, this is a largely good book, and pleasant to read (even if a bit tedious sometimes*).

By focusing on the Irish refugees, especially the United Irishmen, who came to the US before or after the failed Rising of 1798, Wilson demonstrates that they had an important impact on the national politics, which has been too neglected.

Their contribution to the victory of Jefferson in 1800, to the struggle against Federalism, and to the debate about the Awakening of this period, is especially interest
Lawrence A
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, what have the Irish bequeathed to the US apart from St. Patrick's Day, beautiful women, and Guinness stout? Lots, it turns out. Specifically, the Irish who immigrated to America after the Rising of 1798 against Britain joined together in an organization known as the United Irishmen. This group---consisting of both Catholics and Protestants---was organized mostly in New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, and represented an early version of American democratic radicalism. Although the Uni ...more
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