History of the Sinn Fein Movement and the Irish Rebellion of 1916


Sinn Fein (Gaelic for “We Ourselves”) was founded to promote the cultural revival and political independence of Ireland. History of the Sinn Fein Movement and the Irish Rebellion of 1916 is a detailed history of the movement, written by Francis P. Jones, a former member of the movement who had immigrated to the United States from Ireland. The book covers the period from the founding of Sinn Fein in Dublin in 1905 to the Easter Rising of April 1916. It deals with the economic, cultural, religious, and political aspects of Irish independence, as well as the twists and turns of British policy and the debates in Parliament over Home Rule. More than half of the book is a detailed account of the Easter Rising, based on documentary sources and the first-hand accounts of men involved in the fighting who had fled to the United States. The final chapters deal with the aftermath of the uprising, including the trial and execution of its leaders. A chapter on the “Women of the Nation” is by the author’s wife, to whom the book is dedicated. The introduction is by John W. Goff (1848‒1924), an immigrant from Ireland who was prominent in New York as a lawyer and judge. The appendix, “Ireland’s Roll of Honor,” contains a complete list of the names of the men killed in the fighting of April 1916 and of those sentenced to penal servitude, hard labor, or prison. The appendix concludes with details of the numbers of men deported and jailed without trial.

Last updated: April 25, 2016