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What Really Makes “Black Jack” Run? The Saga of an Irish Globalizer, His Vision and His Demons

October 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| $5

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$5.00 for General Public



This (3rd and new) presentation at AIHS deepens a whirlpool of sharp lessons from the epic saga of John George (“Black Jack”) Adair, who became the largest Irish-born landowner of the 19th century. This evolving visual tour de force re-examines the era that set the stage for today’s rampant globalization. It provides a vital missing link – a tight social network honeycombed with landed, financial, judicial and political interests, all rooted in the vital commercial drives of the day. While renowned as the arch-villain of Donegal – the evictor and despoiler of Donegal’s Derryveagh Evictions (1861) –, John Adair embodied a meteoric rise made possible by a hidden synergy of: the trade in Caribbean sugar and African slaves; Canada’s immense and underrated timber industry; the clout of Dublin’s elite semi-private Bank of Ireland; and the ever-unfolding Great Migrations out of Ireland to North America, Austrailia and beyond. These dots are now re-connected as well as linked to an early childhood trauma, then running wild in betrayals, and today laid bare. Once a hidden history – both intensely intimate and writ large on a transnational canvas – it is a highly-charged expose that is not to be missed. Newly visualized, this is an original collaboration of historical sociologist Dr. Robert Spiegelman (Fordham) and ground-breaking work by independent researcher/scholar Richard Sack.

Eventbrite - What Really Makes “Black Jack” Run?


October 21, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


American Irish Historical Society
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The American Irish Historical Society
The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
991 Fifth Avenue
New York
United States

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