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The Green and the GrayThe Irish in the Confederate States of America$
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David T. Gleeson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607573_Gleeson

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Reluctant Secessionists

Reluctant Secessionists

The Irish, Southern Politics, and the Birth of the Confederacy

(p.10) Chapter 1 Reluctant Secessionists
The Green and the Gray

David T. Gleeson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the political participation of Irish immigrants in the South. Even as late as 1860, many were loyal to the national Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Stephen Douglas of Illinois. It was only upon Abraham Lincoln's election that the Irish began to heed southern nationalists. They were reluctant secessionists, but ultimately they did abandon the United States for the new Confederate States of America.

Keywords:   Irish Americans, Irish immigrants, political participation, secession, Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln

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