Who were the Fenians and what were their goals? This is a question that historians have debated for years- this podcast will trace the life of a prominent Fenian, Lawrence O'Brien, to, perhaps, help explain the origins of this rather interesting Irish American nationalist organization during the Civil War.
Marta Ramon. A Provisional Dictator: James Stephens and the Fenian Movement.
Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2007
William Barton. Melting Pot Soldiers: The Union Ethnic Regiments. Fordham University Press, 1998.
Susannah Ural. The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865. NYU Press, 2006.
Christian Samito. Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era. Cornell University Press, 2011.
Leon O'Broin. Fenian Fever: An Anglo-American Dilemma. NYU Press, 1971.
âMusic by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)