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"The Irish Uprising and its Aftermath"

Course of Our Times, Series II

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

The Catholic Irish have long memories. They stretch back centuries with particular bitterness when they reach to the brutalities of Cromwell and the uprooting of Irish families to make way for Protestant settlers and absentee landlords. The animosities of the Green and the Orange, which Disraeli characterized as the problem of the Pope and potatoes, is not merely confined to the cold pages of history books. It is rooted in the famines of the 1840s when the toll of death was staggering, and the migrations, mainly to the United States, transported the bitterness to this country. This chapter details the Irish rebellion of 1916, the attempts at suppression, the Black and Tans, the emergence of the resourceful leadership of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith and Eamon deValera, the establishment of the Free State, and the uneasy truce that is continuously broken down to our own day.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

2 VHS copies [1 Master copy and 1 use copy in Sachar Personal Papers, Box 23]
2 U-Matic copies [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 26]2 16 mm film copies [Both B&W; in Sachar Film Collection]