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Charles Stewart Parnell: His Political Platform
Transcript of Charles Stewart Parnell: His Political Platform
Charles Stewart Parnell
Born: June 27th, 1846
Died: October 6th, 1891
His parents were strong Irish nationalist and his father was very wealthy. He was the 3rd son and 7th child of the family, which the total would soon come to 11. His parents separated when he was 6 and lived an unhappy childhood. When Charles was 13, his father died and Charles inherited his father's estate. He was influenced by his family to become a nationalist.
Charles Stewart Parnell's beliefs
He wanted the farmers of Ireland to own their own land.
He got into politics after the execution of three Fenians in 1874.
The Fenians were people who wanted freedom from British rule.
He believed in shunning people who took over a farm after someone was previously evicted.
He raised money for the nationalist movement in Ireland.
He believed in self-government.
Planks in his Political Platform
He went to America to get support for the nationalist party. However, he got arrested, so his attempt had to come to a halt.
His political power peaked in 1889.
The Times released articles that spoke of the possibility that Charles was linked to murders, however, after a decline in support, was later proved to be fake and he sued The Times.
He had an affair with a married woman and had 3 children with her, which caused his political power to decline even more.
He brought the issue of home rule to British Politics.
He was elected to the House of Commons, and he lead the first Land League and the National Land League, both powerful parties of Ireland.
He helped create a political party that had discipline and could bring issues to West Minister.
He had the support of Britain's most influential politician.
He showed that some sections of British government would do anything to keep the Irish from succeeding.
He split Ireland up into sections of who supported him and who didn't.
The people who were against him didn't believe in his actions of the affair with a married woman.
He died in disgrace, and after his death his party was divided.
In the end, the world discovered the truth about his mistress, his whole life's worth of work was destroyed. After he died, he was no longer seen as a hero, but as a desgrace to the world