This section collects my original work related to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my native city and state, a late 19th and early 20th century hub of Irish and Scots-Irish immigrants. Story links begin below the image, most recent to oldest.
Pennsylvania pledges to Irish freedom in 1918 U.S. election, “Will you, if elected to the public office for which you are a candidate, openly and unequivocally support Ireland’s claim to Complete Independence?”
Troublesome Men: The Irish Nationalist Feud in Western Pennsylvania, 1894-1896. The 1895 Chicago convention of the Irish National Alliance is well recorded, but the divisions among pro-independence Irishmen in Western Pennsylvania leading to it, and the ouster of the Pittsburgh delegation, is a lost story of this period. (Part 1)
An Irish-American’s most perilous summer, 1918. Kerryman John Ware immigrated to Pittsburgh in 1910. Eight years later, he was shipped to France.
Rare Irish atlas stolen from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library. The crime was discovered in 2018, but the theft of hundreds of rare books and maps had been happening for years.