Captains and the Kings Characters

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Joseph Francis X. Armagh was thirteen years old when his mother died on the ship bearing them to America from the Potato Famine. At home the Catholic Irish were harassed by the hated Sassenagh, but in the strange new land, they were stripped of all dignity. Joe vows to assume financial responsibility for his brother and infant sister, entrusts them to a Catholic orphanage and painfully makes his way into a barbarically inhospitable and prejudiced pre-Civil War America. He is relentless in his climb upwards; self-pity is as repugnant to him as sentimentality, and compassion is an insult.

On his way to Titusville for the oil boom he is adopted by a newly wealthy Irishman who is impressed by the principled youth and eventually makes him his heir. He wisely diversifies his funds and soon he is one of the wealthiest men in the country.

But there is little...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Captains and the Kings from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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