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Henry Stratford Persse's Letters from Galway to America, 1821-1832

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A customs official and distiller in Galway whose sons emigrated to America in 1821, Henry Stratford Persse's letters provide a striking account of Galway life, Irish misgovernment and American democracy during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
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Overview

A customs official and distiller in Galway whose sons emigrated to America in 1821, Henry Stratford Persse's letters provide a striking account of Galway life, Irish misgovernment and American democracy during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
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"This collection...offers a vivid and irregular perspective on the economic and social conditions of the Ascendancy. In a moderate and well paced introduction, the historical context in which the letters were written is reconstructed....and the specific private actions that score the narrative bring the author's personal and family experience into relief....the editors skillfully delineate Persse's unconventional attitudes toward political and social reform in prefamine Ireland...and Persse's nonsectarian approach to education and social achievement is also carefully explored".
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This collection...offers a vivid and irregular perspective on the economic and social conditions of the Ascendancy. In a moderate and well paced introduction, the historical context in which the letters were written is reconstructed.... and the specific private actions that score the narrative bring the author's personal and family experience into relief..... the editors skillfully delineate Persse's unconventional attitudes toward political and social reform in prefamine Ireland...and Persse's nonsectarian approach to education and social achievement is also carefully explored.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859181416
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Irish Narrative Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Pethica teaches English Literature at the University of Richmond, Virginia.

David Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. His books include "Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Migration to Australia" and "Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution". He is also the series editor for Irish Narratives, all published by Cork University Press.

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