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Ann Andrews

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381427

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381427.001.0001

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The Irish People and the Fenian movement

The Irish People and the Fenian movement

(p.186) Chapter 4 The Irish People and the Fenian movement
Newspapers and Newsmakers

Ann Andrews

Liverpool University Press

This chapter concentrates on The Irish People (1863–65), a political and literary newspaper produced by the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) whose physical force organization was allied to the Fenian Brotherhood in America. The Irish People’s campaign to enlist young men as soldiers was accompanied by an appeal to a wide class base to persuade public opinion into accepting the IRB’s revolutionary and republican ideology. The Irish People used both offensive and defensive tactics to combat its enemies. While severely berating British rule, unwilling to show disrespect to the Catholic Church, The Irish People defended itself effectively against its attacks with measured argument. More threatening to the IRB were the constitutional nationalists, with whom The Irish People waged a war of attrition. This newspaper’s tenure is shown to coincide with an expansion of the IRB whose survival after a rebellion two years later left an indelible imprint on Ireland’s future.

Keywords:   The Irish People, Irish Republican Brotherhood, physical force, Fenian Brotherhood, public opinion, Catholic Church, constitutional nationalists, rebellion

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