Dr. Lucy Salyer, Associate Professor of History at UNH with special interest in American immigration, assisted Strawbery Banke and the community partners by moderating the “Becoming American” film discussion series. She extends the discussion, focusing on Irish-American immigrants with an illustrated talk based on her new book, Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship.
As the publisher, Harvard University Press notes, “In 1867 forty Irish American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance to fight. British authorities arrested them for treason as soon as they landed, sparking an international conflict that dragged the United States and Britain to the brink of war. Under the Starry Flag recounts this gripping legal saga, a prelude to today’s immigration battles.’
The free program takes place in the TYCO Visitors Center lecture hall and is open to the public. Light refreshments served.