Title

Making Discrimination Legal: A Comparison of the Penal Laws in Ireland and the Nuremberg Laws and Other Laws in Nazi Germany

Presenter Information

Gage OvertonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

History

Minor

German

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Kathy Callahan; Dr. William Mulligan; Dr. David Pizzo

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This project is an examination of the similarities between the Penal Laws and the Nuremberg Laws, two sets of legal codes which stripped Irish Catholics and German Jews of their rights and civil liberties respectively, and the circumstances which led them to be enacted. My research draws mainly upon theories established by prominent historians of early-modern Irish history and modern German and central European history, such as Ben Kiernan, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Claudia Koonz and Edward H. Flannery. It is my goal to allow the audience to understand the implications of allowing systemic discrimination to happen again in today's society by highlighting said similarities which undoubtedly were caused by the repetition of history.

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Making Discrimination Legal: A Comparison of the Penal Laws in Ireland and the Nuremberg Laws and Other Laws in Nazi Germany

This project is an examination of the similarities between the Penal Laws and the Nuremberg Laws, two sets of legal codes which stripped Irish Catholics and German Jews of their rights and civil liberties respectively, and the circumstances which led them to be enacted. My research draws mainly upon theories established by prominent historians of early-modern Irish history and modern German and central European history, such as Ben Kiernan, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Claudia Koonz and Edward H. Flannery. It is my goal to allow the audience to understand the implications of allowing systemic discrimination to happen again in today's society by highlighting said similarities which undoubtedly were caused by the repetition of history.