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             The land revolution changed the lives of many farmers. Gladstones land act of 1870 was the first time the British Parliament attempted to intervene in the whole land process on the side of the tenants. It did not protect them against eviction but it was the first step in that direction, which was huge. Later in 1879 Michael Davitt and James Daly, editor of the Connaught Telegraph joined together and organised a land meeting in Irishtown in Mayo. They were able to get Stewart Parnell to come and speak at the land meeting in Westport on 8 June. Later when Davitt founded the Irish National Land League to provide the people with a nation-wide organization, Parnell was made president of it(Moody 285).
             The league combined all nationalists from moderate home-rulers to extreme republicans. They were even given financial help from the fenians. The league kind of served as a relief agency, through which a famine of the winter of 1879-1880 was averted(Moody 286). The league number one thing to do was to organize resistance to landlords in order to try and stop eviction and securing rent reduction. Their ultimate purpose was to transform tenant farmers into owners of their own lands. The land war of 1879-82 was the greatest mass movement of modern Ireland. For the first time the tenant farmers ass a class stood up to the landlords(Moody 286).
             People were so upset and agitated that it was only a matter of time before it turned into violence and outrage. There was a general election in April of 1880 that brought back Gladstones administration. But the existing land law against the tenants stayed. The land league assumed the function of a rival government. The government was not happy with this and so they decided to take a harsher approach. Davitt was arrested on 3 February. Gladstone at the time carried a new land act, it was a landlord- tenant relationship and introduced a system of dual ownership.

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