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Black and green : the fight for civil rights in Northern Ireland & Black America
Dooley, Brian, 1963-
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Publication Information:
London ; Chicago : Pluto Press, 1998.
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xi, 178 pages ; 22 cm
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E185.61 .D675 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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'An excellent book.' Irish Voice (New York)Ties between political activists in Black America and Ireland span several centuries, from the days of the slave trade to the close links between Frederick Douglass and Daniel O'Connell, and between Marcus Garvey and Eamon de Valera. This timely book traces those historic links and examines how the struggle for black civil rights in America in the 1960s helped shape the campaign against discrimination in Northern Ireland. The author includes interviews with key figures such as Angela Davis, Bernadette McAliskey and Eamonn McCann.

Author Notes

Brian Dooley is Director of Communications for Public Citizen, a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington DC, and is author of a critical study of Robert Kennedy, published by Keele University Press in 1995. He has worked for the BBC in Africa and for Amnesty International in London, and writes for the British press on US and Irish affairs.

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Dooley, director of communications for Public Citizen, an advocacy organization in Washington, DC, argues that the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland was strongly influenced by the movement in the US. Drawing on interviews of participants in both countries and on secondary sources, he discusses the interaction between the struggles of African Americans and of Catholics in Ireland. While noting the conflicts between Irish Americans and African Americans during the Civil War period and in the 1960s, Dooley shows examples of cooperation and support between Irish activists and African Americans. In the 1960s, Irish radicals such as Bernadette Devlin were influenced by black activists in the US and tied their own campaign to antiracist ideology. In turn, Angela Davis and the Black Panthers supported the Irish struggle. Dooley's comparison of the two movements is valuable, but the author overstates his case. The work also includes errors such as the assertion that Paul Robeson was stripped of his citizenship during the McCarthy period. Dooley offers an interesting discussion of the role of women in both movements but fails to deal clearly with the role of Marxist organizations in the movements. Recommended for readers with some knowledge of both movements. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. M. Eagan; University of Southern Maine

Table of Contents

1 Black and White Slaves
2 Second-class Citizens
3 On the March
4 Irish America
5 Backlash
6 Heirs Apparent
7 Biographies of Key Figures