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