The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

May 28th, 2016 by Goshen Public Library Leave a reply »

immortal irishmanThis is a biography of Thomas Meagher: Irish revolutionary, convict, Civil War general.  The book also offers a broad portrait of the experiences of the Irish during the period, both at home and abroad.

Meagher was born into a prominent & wealthy Catholic family.  Even though he had the advantages of education and standing, Catholics on Ireland were brutally oppressed.  Meagher was an outspoken opponent of British oppression and British rule, and he became known for his stirring and fiery oratory.  Meagher became even more radicalized by the Irish Potato Famine that began in 1845.  Thomas Meagher led a failed uprising for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony—from which he escaped and six months later was in the streets of New York.

The last chapter of Thomas Meagher as a terratorial governor of Montana was a quest for a true home in the far frontier.  His death has long been a mysteryto which Timothy Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

The subtitle of this book: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero.

GPL call number: 92 Meagher

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