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Princes Of Ireland, Planters Of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500 1782 Ronald Hoffman

Princes Of Ireland, Planters Of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500 1782

Ronald Hoffman

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ISBN : 9780807825563
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429 pages
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Charles Carroll of Carrollton is most often remembered as the sole Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. In this monumental study of the Carrolls in Ireland and America, that act vindicates a familys determination to triumphMoreCharles Carroll of Carrollton is most often remembered as the sole Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. In this monumental study of the Carrolls in Ireland and America, that act vindicates a familys determination to triumph without compromising lineage and faith.Ronald Hoffman peels back layer after layer of Carroll family history, from dispossession in Ireland to prosperity and prominence in America. Driven to emigrate by Englands devastating anti-Catholic policies, the first Carroll brought to Maryland an iron determination to reconstitute his family and fortune. He found instead an increasingly militant Protestant society that ultimately disenfranchised Catholics and threatened their wealth and property. Confronting religious antagonisms like those that had destroyed their Irish ancestors, this Carroll and his descendants founded a fortune--and a dynasty that risked everything by allying with the American Revolutionary cause.Meeting each crisis with a tenacious will to survive and prevail, the Carrolls earned an esteemed place in the new nation. Hoffman balances private lives against their contentious public role in American history. The journey from Irish rebels to American revolutionaries shaped and shattered the Carrolls--and then remade them into one of the first families of the Republic.[A] magnificently researched and engrossing book.--Times Literary SupplementA contribution both to early modern Irish history and to the history of colonial Maryland. Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland is a study of the survival and revival of a family that by all the odds ought to have gone to the wall at several points in its history. . . . It is an engrossing tale, expertly told.--Journal of American HistoryI applaud the striking degree of interplay between editing and interpretative analysis in this project. . . . [Hoffman] draws very effectively on the family correspondence to tell a lively human interest story.--William and Mary QuarterlyThe Carroll family saga is full of powerful, often tragic figures that Hoffman and Mason describe with flair and grace. Theirs is the rare book that will appeal to both professional historians and to those whose interest in early American history is more casual.--American Historical ReviewCharles Carroll of Carrollton is most often remembered as the sole Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. In this fascinating study of the Carrolls in Ireland and America, that act vindicates a familys determination to triumph without compromising lineage and faith. Peeling back layer after layer of Carroll family history, Ronald Hoffman shows how the dramatic journey from Irish rebels to successful American revolutionaries shaped and shattered the Carrolls--and then remade them into one of the first families of the Republic.