On Easter Monday of 1916, a group of Irish nationalists launched an armed rebellion against the occupying British government. While the event, now known as the Easter Rising, was quickly suppressed, it helped propel Ireland to independence and is remembered as a crucial moment in modern Irish history. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, led by Dr. Susan Scriebman, have worked to preserve and document life in Ireland during the months before and after the Easter Rising. The result of their efforts is Letters of 1916, a crowd-sourced public history project that offers readers a glimpse at thousands of letters donated by individuals, colleges, museums, and archives from around the world. Visitors may want to start by checking out the Featured Letters, located in the Learn section of the website. Here, project staff and collaborators have contextualized specific letters by providing biographical and historical background information. For instance, one featured letter is from American lawyer John Quinn to Irish lawyer Gaven Duffy. Through their correspondence, the two discuss Roger Casement, who was executed for treason for his attempt to get German military support for the Rising. For more letters, readers should check out the Explore section of the website, where digitized and transcribed letters are browsable by month or by category (e.g. Battle of the Somme, Easter Rising Ireland, Love Letters).
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