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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Quote

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction: An Atlantic Triangle

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pp. 1-10

In the autumn of 1851, shiploads of Irish migrants disembarked on New York’s quays with every tide, attracting the curiosity—and sometimes the antipathy—of the city’s citizens. As the gravity of the Irish famine became apparent to U.S. audiences in late 1846, a slew of articles, lectures, and publications sought to diagnose Ireland’s ills and explain the avalanche...

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1. Challenging the Union: American Repeal and U.S. Diplomacy

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pp. 11-38

In the 1840s, Daniel O’Connell headed a transatlantic campaign for the repeal of the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland. That campaign received significant American support and had an important impact on U.S. domestic politics in the early years of the decade. Mutual suspicion shaped Anglo-American relations, a result of a series of geopolitical confrontations...

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2. Ireland Is No Longer a Nation: The Irish Famine and American Diplomacy

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pp. 39-68

The Irish famine is rarely viewed as an event of consequence in the history of U.S. foreign relations. This is short sighted, for the transnational significance of the famine was apparent to contemporary U.S. statesmen, to whom it offered the opportunity to demonstrate U.S. power in the heart of the British imperial system, and to the U.S. public, who donated large sums...

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3. Filibusters and Fenians: Contesting Neutrality

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pp. 69-96

The years from the late 1840s to the early 1870s—from the onset of the Great Famine migration to an emergent Anglo-American rapprochement— constitute a distinct period in the relationship between the United States (and U.S. statesmen) and Irish American nationalism. Considering U.S. foreign policy during the Civil War era through the lens of Irish nationalism...

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4. The Fenian Brotherhood, Naturalization, and Expatriation: Irish Americans and Anglo-American Comity

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pp. 97-128

As we have seen, Fenians seized upon the capaciousness of the 1818 U.S. Neutrality Act to contest British rule in Ireland. British recognition of the Confederacy as a belligerent power, American claims for reparations for damage done by British-built Confederate ships, and the seeming toleration—even promotion—of Fenian activities by politicians...

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5. Toward Home Rule: From the Fenians to Parnell’s Ascendancy

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pp. 129-152

The ability of Irish American nationalists to challenge stable relations between Britain and the United States decreased with the failures of the Fenian Brotherhood. As the Irish home rule movement grew more prominent in British politics, the place of the Irish question in U.S. politics and diplomacy changed. The resolution of Reconstruction-era tests of...

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6. A Search for Order: The Decline of the Irish Question in American Diplomacy

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pp. 153-174

The history of the relationship between the Irish question and U.S. diplomacy during the 1880s is, in a sense, the history of a paradox. The use of dynamite augured a new era of spectacular violence, but this coexisted with the prosaic parliamentarianism of Parnell and the Irish Parliamentary Party. Scenes of explosive urban terrorism—legitimizing a narrative of guerilla...

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Epilogue: Rapprochement, Paris, and a Free State

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pp. 175-186

Grover Cleveland’s astringent politics offered little to Irish nationalists. Even an apparently fierce dispute over Venezuelan territory—perhaps the episode most conducive to a full-scale crisis in Anglo-American relations in the final quarter of the nineteenth-century—resulted in peaceful arbitration.1 In both his domestic and his foreign politics, Cleveland...

Notes

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pp. 187-242

Bibliography

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pp. 243-258

Index

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pp. 259-266