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Transatlantic defianceThe militant Irish republican movement in America, 1923-45$
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Wilk Gavin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091667

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091667.001.0001

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Depression, survival and assistance, 1931–5

Depression, survival and assistance, 1931–5

(p.109) 6 Depression, survival and assistance, 1931–5
Transatlantic defiance

Gavin Wilk

Manchester University Press

As the economic difficulties associated with the Great Depression affected American communities, IRA veterans who had settled across the US over the previous decade were now suddenly challenged with unemployment, the possibility of homelessness, and for a few, continued health concerns. For republicans who maintained their association with the Clan na Gael, the organisation once solely dedicated to funding the militant republican movement was now forced in certain instances to also provide daily needs for its members. From 1931 to 1935, the lives of republicans were burdened with formidable issues. A few drifted away from the movement and reassessed their newly established American lives, while others persevered, depending largely on the efforts of the Clan. This chapter documents the individual travails of IRA veterans in the US during the early 1930s. It shows how the Clan dealt with the issues of their members. The section also reveals how the Clan utilised the burgeoning networks of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake for its own unique purposes.

Keywords:   Great Depression, IRA veterans, Clan na Gael, Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, unemployment, health, burdened, networks, travails

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