Irish-American Immigrants and the Abolitionist Conundrum

As early as the 1830's, Irish Catholic immigrants to America faced an ironic conundrum. They had left their homeland under brutal British Imperial rule for freedom and opportunity in the United States. They found themselves in the middle of a growing American Abolitionist debate. The strange bedfellows of politics and religion urged the Irish Catholics to stand on the wrong side of history and the newly minted Americans - wanting to fit in - choose poorly. 

Join presenter, Ted Smith, to explore the socio-political, religious and economic conditions of the time that lead these freedom-seeking immigrants to (at first) deny freedom to black slaves of the Antebellum South. Mr. Smith is a popular instructor for Tri-C’s Encore 55+ Learning, focusing on history and philosophy.


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Meeting number: 180 737 7708

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Tuesday, March 16 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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