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Wild Irish Foes

12 Mar


St. Patrick’s Day nears. Jennifer Gavin at the Library of Congress describes some things that happened on the borders of the U.S. and Canada in 1866 that tie to Ireland and to the Civil War:

Fenian. It’s a noun that describes a member of an Irish or Irish-American brotherhood dedicated to freeing Ireland from British dominion. The name was taken from the “Fianna,” a group of kings’ guards led by the legendary Irish leader of yore, Finn MacCool.

Bet you didn’t know that in 1866, large numbers of Irishmen (back in Ireland) and Irish-American men mustered out of service in the Civil War staged military-style actions in the name of their Fenianism, including a couple of attacks on Canada. (t was one of a handful of episodes in history of arms being taken up from within the U.S. against our northern neighbor – more on that shortly). The idea was to draw out the British military to focus on the Canadian trouble (Canada, at that time, being a British colony), making it easier for the Irish rebels to seize power back in Ireland and declare it a separate, self-governed nation.

Read the rest of her post here: Wild Irish Foes | Library of Congress Blog.


Chronicling America’s Historic German Newspapers

8 Jul

Things Dutch and Dutch American receive a fair amount of attention from me, as followers of this blog know. (For example, remember this? Or this? Or this? Or this?)

The Library of Congress (LOC) has a post on historic German newspapers–which is a good reminder that there are other ethnicities besides Dutch to consider. It is also a reminder that there is a lot of good historical stuff online at the Library of Congress …

You can find the LOC post here: Chronicling America’s Historic German Newspapers and the Growth of the American Ethnic Press | National Endowment for the Humanities.

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