The Call for the Gaelic League Essay

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The Call for the Gaelic League

What would the United States be like if Americans couldn’t practice their customs, culture, or even appreciate their heritage? Granted the United States is a “melting pot” for several ethnicities, but some native countries and cultures have faced this type of dilemma. The Spanish influence on the Aztecs and the English on Native Americans are two examples of this imperialistic move. If only these cultures had a strong network of men and women who devoted their lives towards keeping their culture and history alive for future generations. The Gaelic League was based upon this definition. Bringing together a network of Irish speaking teachers, priests, and writers, the Gaelic League taught thousands the
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The congestion led to the activation of the Irish Poor laws in 1838 by Great Britain’s Queen Victoria. These laws were enforced in an attempt to promote emigration to areas like the United States and Australia. All the outcomes of the Famine were not necessarily negative. One such incentive was modernization. According to Garvin, “Ireland has been a modernizing society since the Famine, and the tragedy of the Famine was itself the occasion of a great modernizing change” (469). The demand for an institution of education was in order.

To answer the demand would eventually lead to, “The Gaelic League, the dominant institution of the third revival,” (Hutchinson 484) with the second revival being the Irish Protestant/ Catholic liberation of 1829. With the loss of so many people, religion became a large part of the community. Such a devastating event left the Irish vulnerable to outside influences, especially the British. A powerful nation could easily push its culture, society, and government on a weak country like Ireland in the mid to late 1800s. To counter the British, religion took on a stronghold on Irish living. The Catholic Church, through the work of dedicated priests throughout the southern regions of Ireland, grew in popularity and even united small rural towns. This action rebuilt trust in communities and aided the most devastated of areas. The major Christian groups, Irish Protestants and Catholics, would be among the
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