A Hidden Phase of American History. Austin Stack’s Copy (1920)

Author: Michael J. O'Brien

Book ID: 63036

Price: 225.00

Author: Michael J. O'Brien

A Hidden Phase of American History. Ireland’s Part in America’s Struggle for Liberty. Illustrated by Portraits from the Emmet Collection, Facsimiles of Documents in English Archives, Reproduced by Anna Francis Levines. New York: Dodd, Made & Company, 1920. First Edition. Pp xv, 533. Thick 8vo. Green cloth boards, title lettered in gilt to upper cover & spine. Illustrated with 36 plates. A very good copy.

A history of the Irish involvement in the struggle from American Independence.

Austin Stack’s copy, with his signature in Irish to half-title. A prominent figure in Kerry republican circles Austin Stack was arrested following the failed attempt to land arms in from the Aud in April 1916 and was sentenced to penal servitude for life. Following his release in 1917 he became joint secretary of Sinn Féin and an executive member of the Irish Volunteers. Stack was elected MP for Kerry West in the December 1918 general election while incarcerated in Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast. Within the republican movement, he gained further notice for his leadership in a series of prison strikes. In April 1919 he was transferred to Strangeways, from which he escaped in October. As minister for home affairs, Stack was responsible for the republican court system.

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