The Tribe: Caitríona Perry on the political influence of Irish America
At that time, in the wake of decades of post-Famine immigration, Irish America was probably at its peak in size and influence. Hyde attracted impressive crowds in the 55 US cities he visited and dined at the White House with US president Theodore Roosevelt, with whom he discussed Irish and Norse mythology. Hyde was one of many Irish public figures of that era who crossed the Atlantic in search of support from the Irish in America who were only too eager to aid Irish causes. Turn the clock forward a century and Caitríona Perry’s The Tribe represents a timely effort to gauge the current political influence of Irish America. She deserves credit for eliciting the co-operation of so many leading figures including president Bill Clinton.