Sophie Cooper, The Rush for Gold – A Global Quest

Sophie Cooper is a second year PhD student and William McFarlane Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. She is studying Irish communities in Melbourne and Chicago between 1850 and 1890, specifically in relation to situational influences on identity formation and nationalist thought. Sophie tweets using the handle @SophcoCooper and more information can be found on her academia page.  When you think of the poor migrants who left the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century, it is usual to think of

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