#125 When the Irish Invaded Canada w/ Chris Klein

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The image used in the graphic above is from an 1868 lithograph. The Irish troops, however, did not wear green uniforms; most wore whatever they had and many simply wore their former US or Confederate Army uniforms from the Civil War.

The image used in the graphic above is from an 1868 lithograph. The Irish troops, however, did not wear green uniforms; most wore whatever they had and many simply wore their former US or Confederate Army uniforms from the Civil War.

In 1866, the Fenian Brotherhood, comprised primarily of Irish Civil War veterans, led a series of attacks on Canadian provinces just across the border from the United States. Their goal: seize Canadian territory and exchange it for Irish independence. Similar raids continued until 1871, and although they were ultimately unsuccessful, they are part of a greater story of the American Civil War, Irish Independence, and trans-Atlantic immigration to the United States in the mid-19th Century. In this episode, Bob & Ben speak with Christopher Klein about his new book When the Irish Invaded America: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom (Doubleday, 2019).

 

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Christopher Klein is an author and freelance writer specializing in history. He writes stories about the past that inform us about the present and guide us to the future. He is the author of four books, including Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, and a frequent contributor to history.com and many other media outlets.

 

This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

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