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    Very interesting material; thanks for posting.

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    Good history read. Never heard of this before , more historical articles like this would be welcomed.

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    Parallels with Frederick Douglass,befriended by Daniel O Connell and mentioned by Obama in his speech on visit to Ireland.
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    In 1845, as Ireland was descending into the despair of the great famine, Frederick Douglass arrived for a four-month lecture tour of the island. Douglass had escaped slavery in Maryland seven years earlier, and had recently published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Douglass was greeted in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork by enthusiastic crowds and formed many friendships on his trip, most significantly with Daniel O'Connell, a figure still revered in Ireland today for his role in Catholic emancipation and his fierce opposition to slavery. O'Connell and Douglass shared the stage just once, in September 1845 at a rally in Dublin, but retained a mutual respect and affection until O'Connell's death less than two years later - and Douglass acknowledged O'Connell's influence on his philosophy and worldview for the rest of his life."
    For more go to the Fredrick Douglass/ Daniel O Connell Project webpage.

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