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Lincoln’s New Party, Anti-Irish and Anti-Slavery

In celebration of Juneteenth on June 19th, which commemorates the end of slavery, we bring you this excerpt from Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. By 1856, the Whig party Lincoln belonged to had destroyed itself over slavery and the violence of the Know-Nothings, an extremistRead more..

Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln, and Their Irish Maids

An excerpt from Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. ℘℘℘ Mary Todd Lincoln was of solid Irish stock. Mary’s paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford, Ireland, and came to America, via Pennsylvania, to Kentucky. Another great-grandfather, Andrew Porter, was also ofRead more..


G.P.A. Healy, the Irish Painter of American Presidents

America’s most prolific 19th century portraitist, whose painting of Abraham Lincoln hangs in the State Dining Room at the White House, was an Irish American born into poverty in Boston. ℘℘℘ There are more portraits of American presidents hanging in the White House by George Peter Alexander Healy than any other artist, yet amazingly heRead more..

The First Word:
Carry On, Mr. President

Dear Editor: Re: “Thank You, Mr. President” Just because Ms. Harty got her night in the Lincoln Bedroom, we’re all supposed to admire an underachiever, a national embarrassment and a degrader of women. Is it required to be a Democrat to read Irish America? Sincerely, (Mrs.) Josephine K. Maloney Matawan, New Jersey Dear Josephine: ThankRead more..