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John Hume in America: How Derry man won over US political elite on the North

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Bill Clinton and John Hume

Bill Clinton and John Hume

Bill Clinton and John Hume

Appropriately enough it all began with a credit union loan.

It was 1972 and the North was enduring a terrible year of murder and mayhem, including the killing of 14 innocent people by British soldiers in Derry.