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Irish Nationalists in AmericaThe Politics of Exile, 1798–1998$
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David Brundage

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331776.001.0001

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The Transatlantic Odyssey of Theobald Wolfe Tone

The Transatlantic Odyssey of Theobald Wolfe Tone

(p.8) 1 The Transatlantic Odyssey of Theobald Wolfe Tone
Irish Nationalists in America

David Brundage

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the life of Wolfe Tone, with particular attention to his role in the formation of the Society of United Irishmen, his political exile in the United States, his efforts to bring Revolutionary France into a partnership with the United Irishmen, and his death in the wake of the unsuccessful 1798 Irish rebellion, which is described in detail. Tone’s experience of exile deepened his sense of his own Irish identity while sharpening his republican ideals in the tumult of American politics, thus prefiguring the experience of later generations of Irish nationalists in America. The evolution of his social thought from 1789 to 1998 also prefigures the fault lines of race, class, and gender that would mark later Irish American nationalism and this is examined as well.

Keywords:   Wolfe Tone, Society of United Irishmen, 1798 Irish Rebellion, political exile, Irish American nationalism

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