‘Trampling the rights of a free people’: Coercion in Nineteenth Century Ireland

Suspects arrested under the Coercion Act 1881 at Roscommon. By John Dorney According to the Republican historian Dorothy MacArdle, in the 19th century Ireland was governed, ‘almost continuously since the Act of Union’ by Coercion Acts, which ‘made every expression of national feeling a crime’.[1] She quoted the Liberal politician Continue Reading

The Irish Girl and the American Letter: Irish immigrants in 19th Century America

Women immigrants approach New York aboard ship in 18983 (Museum of the City of New York.) By Martin Ford The written missive had remarkable significance for trans-Atlantic migration. Indeed, the peopling of North America owed more than a little to a letter, specifically, what was called “the American letter,” written—sometimes Continue Reading