This book is a concise illustrated biography of one of the most loved and respected personalities in Irish History. 'The Father of the Land League', Michael Davitt ( 1846- 1906) was also a respected international journalist, an author, a supported of Home Rule, an MP, and a pioneer of the labour movement in Britian and Ireland. His sympathy and concern ranged from tenant farmers to agricultural labourers, and from the plight of the British working class to prison reform, social reform, the Boers in South Africa to the Jews in Russia. His early years were difficult, evicition during the Great Famine, emigration and child factory - working, an industrial casualty, an Irish Catholic boy at an English Potestant school, a Fenian and a prisoner on penal servitude. He emerged with spirit unbroken and the vision to found and organise the Land League, which created the conditions that changed the social structure of rural Ireland within a generation.
Davitt's legacy to Ireland was immense, a country almost free of the landlord ascendancy class, occupying ownership of the land, a foundation for the development of an independent, inclusive democratic State, and a wonderful role model for patriotic public service. Widely acknowledged as a hero of the Irish race long before his death, Michael Davitt has a secure place in the history of his country and is rightly seen as one of its greatest patriots.
Davitt ( Hardback)
- Publisher: Bernard O'Hara
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