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The Long Peace ProcessThe United States of America and Northern Ireland, 1960-2008$
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Andrew Sanders

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940445

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940445.001.0001

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The Early Years of the ‘Troubles’

The Early Years of the ‘Troubles’

(p.29) Chapter Two The Early Years of the ‘Troubles’
The Long Peace Process

Andrew Sanders

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the conduct of actors in the United States Government during the early years of the violence in Northern Ireland. It considers the reasons for the relatively non-interventionist approach that Richard Nixon adopted during the first year of his administration and places emphasis on the role of Ambassador John Moore, a prominent Irish-American figure. It also provides an analytical narrative of the development of violence in Northern Ireland, placing this alongside an examination of the responses of the US media and officials. It then assesses the relatively minimal impact of Nixon’s resignation and the inauguration of President Gerald Ford on the US role in Northern Ireland. Finally, it looks at the Democratic Primary campaign in 1968 and the British response to the prospects of a Democratic President winning the Presidential Election that year.

Keywords:   President Richard Nixon, Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, Bloody Sunday, Congressional Hearings, Senator Ted Kennedy

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