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Cartoon from an Irish newspaper in 1906 commenting on plans to give Ireland Home Rule
(By permission of The British Library, Lepracaun, October 1906)
The British Library: Lepracaun, October 1906; cartoon on Home Rule
How to use this source
1 Study this source carefully. Ask yourself whether the source supports or contradicts the view that:
  • The British left as soon as the people wanted them to
  • The British left because of the actions of important individuals
  • The British were forced out by peaceful political protests
  • The British were forced out by armed resistance
  • The British wanted to leave because the area was causing them problems
  • The British left because they felt the country was ready to rule itself democratically
2 If you were an admirer of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

3 If you were a critic of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

4 Does this source suggest that Redmond was an effective leader of the movement for Home Rule?

5 What does the source suggest about the actions of the British?
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