“Ireland Under Coercion, Revisited” is a 2018 work in progress. I am reading and blogging about various aspects of the 1888 book Ireland Under Coercion: The Diary of an American, by William Henry Hurlbert. Use #IUCRevisited on social media.
Hurlbert was 60 when he traveled around Ireland during the first six months of 1888, a period of resurgent agrarian violence and nationalist political agitation. The Charleston, S.C.-born, Harvard-educated, veteran New York City newspaperman generally supported the private property interests of Ireland’s mostly absentee landlords and the law-and-order response of London’s ruling conservative Tory government. He soon drew the scorn of Irish nationalists, including an 1889 rebuttal pamphlet, Hurlbert unmasked : an exposure of the thumping English lies of William Henry Hurlbert in his ‘Ireland under coercion.’
This blog serial explores late 19th century Ireland through the people, places and events Hurlbert detailed in his travels. It supplements the original text with background material and my own 21st century perspectives. The posts are not only about the Land War and Home Rule conflicts of the day, but also other details of life in Ireland at the time, and Hurlbert’s numerous references to the Irish in America, and the November 1888 U.S. presidential election.
Ireland Under Coercion was originally published in two volumes, digitized and searchable at HathiTrust: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I am working from a consolidated text available through the Internet Archive. The main differences appear to be some front matter and additional notes in the appendix, rather than the body of the narrative.
See People, Places & Events for more background. Here is the series to date: