Young Captain Rock

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Full Title: Young Captain Rock, or The First of the Whiteboys

Author: Allyn Draper

Published: New York, March 6, 1901

This dime novel recounts the story of Captain Rock of the Whiteboys-- a historical Irish secret society that was known for protesting for agrarian rights, often through violent or destructive means. On his adventures, Captain Rock clashes with British redcoats hell-bent on destroying the rebels while protecting innocent Irishman and resistance leaders. Though clearly a fictional account, the novel borrows from reality in more than just the whiteboy name. The characters Lord Edward Fitzgerald and Michael Dwyer were real men who led rebellions against the British. In line with the Irish Nationalist tone of the story, the two are portrayed as great, intelligent leaders.