Failing to ‘unite with the abolitionists’: the Irish Nationalist Press and U.S. emancipation

Gleeson, David (2016) Failing to ‘unite with the abolitionists’: the Irish Nationalist Press and U.S. emancipation. Slavery & Abolition, 37 (3). pp. 622-637. ISSN 0144-039X

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Abstract

Daniel O’Connell was an acknowledged leader of the anti-slavery movement in the 1830s and 1840s. To American abolitionists, he embodied an Irish opposition to slavery. Yet, many, such as Frederick Douglass, saw a contrast between the Irish in Ireland and those in America when it came to the issue of slavery. The Irish in America were among the most ardent opponents of abolitionism. An examination of some of the leading nationalist newspapers opinion of the American Civil War and emancipation indicate that contrast between the Irish abroad and at home on the slavery question is exaggerated. Influential Irish opinion makers had a racial sense of Irishness which trumped O’Connell’s universalist call for emancipation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 23:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27951

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