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Irish historians have minimized Daniel O’Connell’s role in the Irish liberty movement in favor of later nationalist leaders, largely because of his failure in the 1843 movement for repeal of the Act of Union. In this first detailed study of the final, crucial episode in O’Connell’s career, Lawrence J. McCaffrey reassesses his place in Ireland’s struggle for independence. The Repeal agitation is viewed as marking a watershed in the course of Irish nationalism.
The significance of this study, however, extends beyond the affairs of England and Ireland. It shows Daniel O’Connell to be among the first to develop the now familiar tactics of constitutional democratic political agitation and it also demonstrates the limitations inherent in these tactics.
Lawrence J. McCaffrey was one of the three co-founders of the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is the author or editor of several seminal Irish Studies texts, including The Irish Catholic Diaspora in America, The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict, and The Irish Experience. He also served as a consultant for the PBS documentary The Long Journey Home.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Daniel O'Connell, Home Rule, Irish politics, Irish independence
McCaffrey, Lawrence J., "Daniel O'Connell and the Repeal Year" (1966). European History. 17.
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