Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780226248950 Will Publish March 2015
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Blood Runs Green

The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago

Gillian O'Brien

Blood Runs Green
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Gillian O'Brien

320 pages | 26 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780226248950 Will Publish March 2015
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226249001 Will Publish March 2015
It was the biggest funeral Chicago had seen since Lincoln’s. On May 26, 1889, four thousand mourners proceeded down Michigan Avenue, followed by a crowd forty thousand strong, in a howl of protest at what commentators called “one of the ghastliest and most curious crimes in civilized history.” The dead man, Dr. P. H. Cronin, was a respected Irish physician, but his brutal murder uncovered a web of intrigue, secrecy, and corruption that stretched across the United States and far beyond.

Blood Runs Green tells the story of Cronin’s murder from the police investigation to the trial. It is a story of hotheaded journalists in pursuit of sensational crimes, of a bungling police force riddled with informers and spies, and of a secret revolutionary society determined to free Ireland but tearing itself apart at the seams. It is also the story of a booming immigrant population clamoring for power at a time of unprecedented change.

From backrooms to courtrooms, historian Gillian O’Brien deftly navigates the complexities of Irish Chicago, bringing to life a rich cast of characters and tracing the spectacular rise and fall of the secret Irish American society Clan na Gael. She draws on real-life accounts and sources from the United States, Ireland, and Britain to cast new light on Clan na Gael and reveal how Irish republicanism swept across the United States. Destined to be a true crime classic, Blood Runs Green is an enthralling tale of a murder that captivated the world and reverberated through society long after the coffin was closed.
James R. Barrett, author of The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multi-Ethnic City
"In the process of dissecting and analyzing one of the most notorious murder cases of the late nineteenth century Gillian O’Brien has illuminated not only the subterranean world of the Irish nationalist revolutionaries of the Clan na Gael but also many aspects of the broader story of Irish American Chicago. The book is meticulously researched and elegantly written—a star in the social history of the immigrant group, the movement, the period, and the city."
Cast of Characters
Prologue: Requiem
1  “City of Big Shoulders”: The Convergence of the Clan
2  The United Brotherhood
3  The Dynamite War
4  “Secret Hatreds”: A Tale of Two Trials
5  “Boys, I Give Up”
6  “The Darkest and Bloodiest Mysteries of Secret Crime”
7  “The Whisper of Silence”
8  “Truth in Essentials, Imagination in Non-Essentials”: The Press and Public Entertainment
9  “A Theater of Great Sensations”
10  “Remember Cronin”
Note on Sources
Organizations and Terms
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