United Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals In The Early Republic by David A. WilsonUnited Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals In The Early Republic by David A. Wilson

United Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals In The Early Republic

byDavid A. Wilson

Paperback | September 16, 2011

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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 the country, as much as a wolf or a tyger." David A. Wilson's lively book is the first to focus specifically on the experiences, attitudes, and ideas of the United Irishmen in the United States.Wilson argues that America served a powerful symbolic and psychological function for the United Irishmen as a place of wish-fulfillment, where the broken dreams of the failed Irish revolution could be realized. The United Irishmen established themselves on the radical wing of the Republican Party, and contributed to Jefferson's "second American Revolution" of 1800; John Adams counted them among the "foreigners and degraded characters" whom he blamed for his defeat.After Jefferson's victory, the United Irishmen set out to destroy the Federalists and democratize the Republicans. Some of them believed that their work was preparing the way for the millennium in America. Convinced that the example of America could ultimately inspire the movement for a democratic republic back home, they never lost sight of the struggle for Irish independence. It was the United Irishmen, writes Wilson, who originated the persistent and powerful tradition of Irish-American nationalism.

David A. Wilson is Coordinator of the Celtic Studies Program and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. His most recent work is a two-volume biography of the Irish Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee.
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Title:United Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals In The Early RepublicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.54 inPublished:September 16, 2011Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080147759X

ISBN - 13:9780801477591

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"United Irishmen, United States has much to offer scholars interested in the pre-famine history of Irish America, late eighteenth and early nineteenth century trans-Atlantic radicalism, and the ethnic dimension of urban politics in the early republic. Written in concise, crystalline prose, this modest book contains a wealth of previously untold stories about the flamboyant and fascinating Irish radicals who came to American in the late 1790s and 1800s.... This book makes an important contribution to the literature by eloquently narrating a largely overlooked chapter of Irish-American history.... A rich, compelling analysis of the complicated nature of Irish-American political life in the early republic." - H-SHEAR - H-Net Reviews