Memoirs of Senator James G. Douglas (1887-1954), concerned citizen
University College Dublin Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
Appointed by Michael Collins as a member of the committee which prepared drafts for the Irish constitution in 1922, Douglas, a Quaker and Irish nationalist, was an active participant during the crucial years from 1916 to 1926. Written in the late 1940s, they provide new insights into the character of some of the emerging political leaders of that time, including material about Douglas's secret meetings with De Valera during the closing stages of the Civil War.
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This is a highly useful biographical piece on an interesting Irish historical character, in a similar vein to Gaughan's major work on Joseph Connolly. Personally I thought there would be more text in the book so in this aspect I was disappointed but Douglas' views on his contemporaries are very worthwhile and so is his experience in the Senate and in Ireland and in the US during the War of Independence.
Introduction by J Anthony Gaughan
Background to Miss Gertrude Webbs School
Encomium by Senator James G Douglas
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