Bob Schmuhl: Roger Casement was mad claimed British before Irish hero was executed in 1916

Author: Rebecca Corrente

Sir Roger Casement was the most prominent and intriguing figure involved in the Easter Rising. During three critical months in 1916, he kept the story of the Irish rebellion alive and came to personify the Rising and its portrayal in America.

As first reports of the insurrection made their way across the Atlantic and appeared on April 25 (a day after Easter Monday, the day the Rising started), Sir Roger was the primary focus of attention. A headline on the front page of The Washington Post announced: “Capture Sir Roger in Irish Filibuster.” A smaller headline underneath ominously speculated: “Predict Death for Knight.”

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