De Valera in America The Rebel President and the Making of Irish Independence

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Eamon de Valera is one of the most famous characters in Irish political history. He co-authored the present-day Irish constitution, and in 1926, he founded Fianna Fáil, which continues to be the largest political party in Ireland today. In 1919, he arrived at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotelannouncing himself the "President of Ireland."He was on a mission to convince the United States to not only recognize Ireland as an independent nation, but to fund the independence movement, which would be a clear affront to Britain. De Valera went on togive speeches in some of America's largest venues, including Madison Square Garden and Fenway Park, where he drew crowds of 60,000 people. Over the course of that year, he accumulated fame and scandal,but more importantly, he gained essential financial support for the fledgling Irish Republic. Here, award-winning journalist Dave Hannigan reveals the true story of de Valera's under-reported trip to America, exploring his questionable personal and political relationships, and thecosts and benefits of his perilous crusade.

Author Biography

Dave Hannigan is a columnist at The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, the Evening Echo (Cork) and The Irish Echo. A former Irish young journalist of the year, he is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. He lives in Rocky Point, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Author's Notep. vii
Prologuep. viii
Freeborn Man of the USAp. 1
The Irish Lincoln Struts Down Peacock Alleyp. 11
Fenway's Green Monstersp. 25
A Hundred Thousand Welcomesp. 41
Go West, Young Manp. 53
Sailing Stormy Watersp. 61
Fighting Irishmen and Dressing Feathersp. 71
Flag of Inconveniencep. 81
Home Thoughts from Abroadp. 93
Freedom and the Hard Selp. 105
Doctrine of Open Warfarep. 115
St. Patrick's Day Massacrep. 127
Not-Sp-Gentle Southern Swingp. 139
Cold- Comfort in the Windy Cityp. 151
Oilmen and Archbishopsp. 163
Family Mattersp. 175
Hunger Strikes from Far Awayp. 187
All That Glitters Is Not Goldp. 197
Return of the Nativep. 209
Epiloguep. 215
Appendix: Cast of Charactersp. 217
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 235
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