The irish-American anti-British stance came from the belief that Britain should have done more to relieve the suffering of the Irish during the famine. Some commentators argued that Britain’s policy of laissez-faire in Ireland (not supplying sufficient emergency food supplies) was genocide. These opinions were carried by the Irish famine immigrants to their new homeland in the USA, where they were passed down through the generations almost as folk-lore having immense political influence.
The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of the Empress Josephine by Pope Pius VII, December 1804 - Jacques-Louis David - 1807 - Neoclassicism- Gallery: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Paradoxically, it was the Unionists that were the most likely to start a war in Ireland in 1914; causing many problems for Britain because of their patriotism. They formed the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and started to collect weapons in the event they needed to actively oppose the ‘Home Rulers’ – who had in turn formed the Irish Volunteer Force (IVF).
Emily Wilding Davison at the Derby 4 June 1913 A watershed for the movement for votes for women. Davison did not, apparently, intend to die when she threw herself under King George V’s horse on Derby day, 4 June