Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
- Title: The Price of my Soul
- Author: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
- ISBN: 9780233961965
- Page: 243
- Format: Hardcover
Bernadette Devlin s book tells two stories The story of the real flesh and blood Bernadette If you eat up all the bread at teatime, there won t be anything for breakfast She tells the story of personal bottom level poverty, of her combined struggle to go to university and to look after her orphaned brothers and sistersof how she became involved in Civil Rights, aBernadette Devlin s book tells two stories The story of the real flesh and blood Bernadette If you eat up all the bread at teatime, there won t be anything for breakfast She tells the story of personal bottom level poverty, of her combined struggle to go to university and to look after her orphaned brothers and sistersof how she became involved in Civil Rights, and what happened when her people chose her as their MPThe story of the rage behind the Ulster riots You come to a factory, looking for a job, and they ask you which school you went to If its name was Saint Somebody , they know you are a Catholic and you don t get taken on In vivid detail, she brings to life the situation which has focused world attention on the North of Irelande early marches, and then the shootings, the burnings, the barricades she went to America to help her people rebuild their homesd how she feels today
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Devlin writes an explanation of what made her into the person she became, up to the time of publication in 1969. It's a fascinating exploration of the forces at work in Northern Ireland in the 1960s. Writing as both a student activist and a socialist, Devlin underscores what was really at stake for the working class Catholics of Northern Ireland. She argues that the solution to Northern Ireland's (and all of Ireland's) problems lay outside its sectarian issues, and was in reality more about econ [...]
"To gain that which is worth having, it may be be necessary to lose everything else." - Bernadette DevlinMy all-time favorite quote, from this incredible woman.
Incredible story of Devlin's fight for justice and freedom. It definately makes you see "the struggles" in a new light.
This is a book I have read twice. Once when I was very young and very pro-IRA. And then later when I was mature enough to put aside an ingrained hatred of the British. Both times I was fascinated. The Charlestown I grew up in had "Bobby Sands" graffiti. There was money collected for NORAID. So I was very indignant on Devlin's behalf. My grandmother's father was killed 60 or 70 years before for violating a curfew. The second time I was better informed about what an abomination the IRA was and I s [...]
This novel explores the childhood and young adulthood of Bernadette Devlin who was appointed as the youngest female MP in 1969. Her account explores her motives for becoming involved in People's Democracy as it highlights the discrimination and oppression which Catholics faced in the North of Ireland at that time, and her efforts to challenge the Unionist dominated government in order to effect a more just and equitable society. A gripping account of a difficult period in Ireland's history writt [...]
Written in 1969 by a 20 year old Catholic who a year later became the youngest-ever Member of Parliament. Gives an on-the-scene picture of life in Derry in 1968/1969. Very controversial--just ask Tim or Annie about the miniskirt she wore on a trip to Chicago in the 1970s!!
This book made me a socialist. Need I say more?
Bernadette Devlin was the youngest person ever elected as a Member of Parliament when she was voted in in 1968, at the inception of what came to be known as the Northern Ireland Troubles. In this book she tells about the development of her political consciousness and her sense of impotence and frustration with the politics of the six counties of Ulster under British control. She tells in chilling (and also at times humorous) detail of the march from Belfast to Derry under constant scrutiny by Br [...]
Autobiography at age 22? It makes sense for Bernadette who arises from the cauldron of northern Ireland as the attempt to emulate the peaceful civil rights marches of the American civil rights movement runs into the reality that any marching in northern Ireland is a magnet for violence. 1969 and the lid blows off in northern Ireland and her election to the house of commons is only a prelude to a thirty year civil war and Bernadette moves into the shadows of history. Her refusal to embrace the IR [...]
My dad tried to convert me to the IRA but somehow I resisted. The anti-war movement and my exposure to Quakerism, Christianity, and Eastern philosophy disaffected me from violent revolutionary ideology. Sorry dad.
Read several chapters for a course. Very interesting woman.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes s good autobiography.
provides quite a bit of insight on the sectarian situation in Northern Ireland in the 1960s. It's a bit twofold - partly about Bernadette's upbringing and her parents, and partly about her political career and Irish politics. It does get a little confusing especially during her election because there are so many opponents and political figures to keep track of, and I'm not especially familiar with them. But it's also a bit of a primer on socialist revolutions.
Devlin write this, her autobiography, when she was all of 23 years old. Had it been anyone else I would have considered it ridiculous, a juvenile pretention, but Bernadette Devlin was one of the primary fighters for Irish freedom during the tumultuous 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and given how events played out, it is likely that she wrote this while fully anticipating that she’d be killed in the struggle fairly early on. Goodness knows, the British cops tried. Here’s a bit of background infor [...]
"We were born into an unjust system; we are not prepared to grow old in it."And with that one sentence in the first page of the forward, I was hooked.I've read about Northern Ireland and the Troubles here and there, but I knew very little about Bernadette Devlin. In fact, the only thing I really did know about her was that she slapped a politician in the House of Commons when he suggested the paratroopers fired out of self-defense on Bloody Sunday. That was more than enough to cement her name in [...]
Me gusto mucho el libro, ella es una gran mujer, que verdaderamente quería el cambio y bien ella lo dijo que su misión en la vida no era hacer política sino lograr que se haga algo.A mi parecer Bernadette Devlin es una gran mujer que pelo por los derechos civiles en Irlanda
* IrelandThe 22 year-old Member of Parliament from Northern Ireland tells her story.
I found it very helpful for research.
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