Irish Rebellion of 1798 By: JAMES PENDER

Background: The beginning of the rebellion can be traced to the setting up of the Society of United Irishmen in Belfast in October 1791. The United Irishmen were led by Theobald Wolfe Tone, Thomas Russell, Henry Joy McCracken and William Drennan.

Claim: The Irish Rebellion of 1798 was a revolution because it had political, social, and economical change.

People who revolted burning down a building

Why They Revolted?: They came together to attempt a reform of the Irish parliament; and they wanted to achieve their goal by uniting Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter in Ireland into a single movement. There was discrimination against some religions and also to some groups who were not rich. In the 1790's, the Presbyterians and the Catholics were denied many of their rights. The richest group, called the Ascendancy, were in power in Ireland at the time. The Ascendancy were from the ruling classes. They were Protestant and had all of seats in the Irish Parliament.

The Irish Parliament was wholly Protestant, discriminating against Catholics and Presbyterians

Social Change: The Irish Rebellion of 1798 was a big social change movement. It gave Catholics and Presbyterians full equality. Protestants were no longer the dominate people in Ireland, as they were not the only people with power after this movement.

Political Change: The Irish Rebellion of 1798 was also a political movement in Ireland. The Catholics and the Presbyterians were attempting to change Parliament to be more than just a Protestant government. The whole Parliament was Protestant, and discriminated against these religious groups, and the Catholics and Presbyterians wanted this changed.

Economic Change: The lower class decreased in size after the rebellion. This is because the lower class was the one that rebelled against the upper class. They won the war and got what they wanted.


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