This article from 1848 describes the progression of rebellion in Ireland and the factions that developed between those who wanted to use violence and those who did not. The author explains the causes for both the rebellion and the conflict. The author hints at chaos created by the conflict within Ireland, as well as conflict with the royal government in London.
- What is the author's purpose in writing this article? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
- How does the author let you know that you can believe this report?
- The author accuses the British government of taking away specific rights of the Irish people. List two or three rights the author says the Irish people have lost. Which of these rights do you think was the greatest loss for them?
- The author describes two groups, the Repeal Association and Young Ireland. Each group had different ideas about how to gain freedom for Ireland. What impression of life in Ireland do you get from the author's description of these groups and their goals? How does the response from the British authorities impact your thoughts?
- The original article was published in Spirit of the Times, a weekly newspaper published in New York City for an audience of sportsmen. Why do you think people in New York City and in Iowa might be interested in an article about Ireland?
"Cause of the Non-Commencement of the Rebellion in Ireland," The Iowa Capitol Reporter, pp. 1, 15 November 1848. Courtesy of Library of Congress