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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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Irish Exiles in a New Republic, 1798–1829

Irish Exiles in a New Republic, 1798–1829

(p.33) 2 Irish Exiles in a New Republic, 1798–1829
Irish Nationalists in America

David Brundage

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the aftermath of the unsuccessful 1798 rebellion, with a particular focus on those radicals who left Ireland, voluntarily or not. After a discussion of the Act of Union, passed in 1800, and the experiences of some of the exiles in France, Britain, and Australia, the chapter turns to those who migrated to the United States. The lives of some of the most important of these (Thomas Addis Emmet, William Sampson, William Duane) are examined, as are the roles they played in some of the key political debates in the United States during these years, especially over the expansion of slavery, and in continuing support for nationalist movements and Catholic emancipation in Ireland. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Matilda Tone, Wolfe Tone’s widow, and her role in the publication of his memoirs and political writings.

Keywords:   Matilda Tone, Thomas Addis Emmet, slavery, nationalist movement, Catholic emancipation

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