Date of Award

8-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

Wiesen, S. Jonathan

Abstract

This thesis examines Home Rule in Ireland from 1858-1893 from a transnational perspective. In particular, it explores ties between the United States and Ireland by locating common discourses on generational rights and human rights. It draws attention to American and Irish organizations that sought to free Ireland from Britain’s oppressive grasp. The thesis pays special attention to the Irish-American experience in the United States in the wake of the Great Famine of 1845-1846. Through a look at transnational rights discourses during Home Rule, this thesis exposes the impact this experience had on transnational organizations such as the Fenian Brotherhood and the Irish National League of America during Home Rule in the late nineteenth century. Furthermore it reveals how Irish Home Rule from 1858-1893, was in various ways a transnational rights movement.

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