By Joseph E. Thompson
Thompson examines the U.S. role--both governmental and that of Irish-Americans--in trying to convey a solution to the strife in Northern eire. He concentrates at the efforts seeing that 1967, rather the expansion of yank efforts to develop into the crucial humanitarian participant within the peace process.The U.S. executive stance used to be in the beginning one in all strict non-involvement. even if, within the aftermath of Vietnam and Watergate, lowered White condominium authority inspired Irish-American teams to problem the conventional Irish coverage. move clear of strict non-involvement started with Congressional crisis for the emerging specter of Irish-American anger on the remedy of northern Irish Catholics. a major transition to humanitarian coverage happened through the Reagan management. Contributing components that helped the U.S. executive take a brand new course in international coverage have been America's failure to answer the escalation of Northern eire violence, a robust own ethnic tie among the U.S. President and Speaker of the home O'Neill, a private hyperlink among President Reagan and major Minister Thatcher, and excessive lobbying via Irish-Americans and the Irish govt. After a short interval of silent international relations in the course of the Bush management, the Clinton management succeeded in a public blitz to suggest steps essential to carry peace nearer.
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These were questions the Ford administration struggled to answer. President Jimmy Carter arrived in Washington as the leader of the political establishment he had successfully run against. Nearly everyone admired Carter for his strength of character, high intelligence, abiding decency, exceptional work ethic, and extraordinary appetite for detailed mastery of complex issues. Irish-Americans took to Carter when he personally identified with the human rights issues of Northern Ireland. S. government lost interest in Northern Ireland as the power and influence of the White House slowly slipped from the hands of the Democratic Party.
Title. 730416—dc21 00–064947 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright © 2001 by Joseph E. Thompson All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 00–064947 ISBN: 0-275-96517-1 First published in 2001 Praeger Publishers, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. 48–1984). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Copyright Acknowledgment The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission for use of the following material: Excerpt from “Bogland” from Selected Poems 1966–1987 by Seamus Heaney.
Boone’s parents, who had settled in southeastern Pennsylvania, were also from Northern Ireland. It is interesting to note that the Scarlett O’Hara character in the Hol- Page 5 lywood movie Gone With The Wind, lived on a southern plantation called Tara—a reference to the ancient Gaelic hill fort. It is not surprising, at the end of the twentieth century, to find the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America held in Savannah, Georgia. Until the 1750s there had been little opposition by native American Indians to the ever-expanding Irish settlements.
American Policy and Northern Ireland: A Saga of Peacebuilding by Joseph E. Thompson