John Hume, Ireland’s greatest peace-maker, is widely recognised as the architect of the Northern Ireland peace process. In John Hume in America, Maurice Fitzgerald explores how Hume created this framework for peace through the cultivation of an unprecedented yet bountiful relationship with the White House and US Congress.
John Hume’s political vision and innate sense of diplomacy persuaded key players in US politics to merge their concerns with his own; Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill, Dan Moynihan and Hugh Carey – together known as the ‘Four Horsemen’ – were won over to his cause, lending the civil rights campaign in Northern Ireland worldwide credibility and putting considerable pressure on the British and Irish governments to strive for peace.
John Hume in America, a towering achievement supported by the Hume family, explores the intricate negotiations that made this possible and highlights Hume’s tantamount role in the progression of Irish–American relations. Maurice Fitzpatrick’s seminal work is the missing piece in the jigsaw of Hume’s political life, solidifying his philosophy of non-violence and his perennial significance. John Hume in America will be recognised as his legacy piece in years to come.