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Would you speak in greater detail about factional/legislators' support and opposition to Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922? This history is quite provocative, given the faint impression I for one have been left in USA that immigrants to north America are entirely responsible for fomenting civil war in Ireland.

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by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 06:31:52 PM EST
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The 1922 Anglo Irish Treaty caused a split in what was then Sinn Fein into factions for and against, which later became Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. Some families were divided by this split, but as a generalisation, Fine Gael was made up largely by a bourgeoisie of larger farmers, small businesses, the professions and those who had a stake in maintaining the economic status quo. Fianna Fail, on the other hand, had a slight preponderance of smaller farmers, the landless, jobless, and those with a lesser vested interest in the status quo.

It could be as simple as a split between oldest sons (who inherited the family farm/business, and their siblings who had almost no prospects.

I would not be surprised if a large majority of those who emigrated to the USA during and after the civil war were those with a lesser stake in the status quo, lesser economic prospects, and disillusion with a political establishment who had traded their dream of a largely secular united Ireland with a much lesser 95% Roman Catholic dominated, conservative, repressive, 26 (out of 32) county state.

However I have never seen any data on the political allegiances of those who emigrated to the USA during this period, so this must remain a conjecture.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 08:57:02 PM EST
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