Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, County Antrim  



Professor of History
Caspersen Graduate School



Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Co. Antrim.




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The Saddest People the Sun Sees. Daniel O’Connell and Anti-Slavery
(London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011)

Launched at Irish Consulate, New York, 14 April 2011


This study offers invaluable insight into a much-neglected area of historical research on this nineteenth-century political figure. Previous histories on O'Connell have dealt predominantly with his attempts to secure a repeal of the 1800 Act of Union and on his success in achieving Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Kinealy focuses instead on O'Connell's contribution to the anti-slavery movement in the United States. She argues that by using his influences over Irish immigrants in the United States, O'Connell negotiated a position of importance in the international debate over the right to freedom. The anti-slavery movement occupied an important place in O'Connell's wider commitment to humanitarian politics. He was both a member of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and Secretary of the Glasgow Anti-Slavery Society and he developed an international reputation as an influential spokesman on the issue.