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Michael Davitt

Carla King (author)
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Publication date:
22nd July 2009

Author Biography

Carla King is a Lecturer in Modern History at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. She has published various works relating to Davitt, including Michael Davitt: Collected Writings, 1868-1906 (2001); Michael Davitt, Jottings in Solitary (2003); Lives of Victorian Political Figures, Part II, vol. 4: Michael Davitt (2007); and co-edited with W. J. Mc Cormack, John Devoy's Michael Davitt: From the Gaelic American (2008). She has also published articles on Davitt in scholarly and popular journals.


Son of evicted Mayo tenants, Fenian treason-felony prisoner Michael Davitt (1846-1906) was to become the driving force behind the Irish National Land League, an organisation that mobilised Irish farmers in the first mass challenge to landlordism in Ireland. As such he made a crucial contribution to the shaping of modern Ireland. In the aftermath of the Kilmainham Treaty he emerged as a major figure in Radicalism and in the British and Irish labour movements, served as a Home Rule MP at Westminster, and was an influential foreign correspondent, writer and activist. This short, revised biography will aim to outline the scope of Davitt's interests and achievements, setting them in the context of his time.