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The famine ships : the Irish exodus to America

Author: Edward Laxton
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Between 1846 and 1851, more than one million people - the famine emigrants - sailed from Ireland to America. Never before had the world witnessed such an exodus. Now, 150 years later, The Famine Ships tells the story of the courage and determination of those who crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships to make new lives for themselves, among them the child Henry Ford and twenty-six-year-old Patrick  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Laxton
ISBN: 0805053131 9780805053135 0747535000 9780747535003
OCLC Number: 37509632
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Bloomsbury Pub., 1996.
Includes index.
Description: vi, 250 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: From Dublin's fair city --
Catholic persecution --
Land of the free --
Hunger and exile --
The voyage of the Jamestown and others --
The fords of Fairlane --
In Widow McCormack's cabbage patch --
A noble rescue --
Comfort for the convicts --
Joy of my heart --
Surviving the icebergs --
Flags for convenience --
On the way to the White House --
The famine ships sail again --
A miraculous escape --
Life in America --
From Wexford to Wexford --
The smallest in the famine fleet --
The absence of evidence --
Finding a scapegoat --
Ship's cook for a shilling --
The brave men of Nantucket --
Ireland forever.
Responsibility: Edward Laxton.

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Between 1846 and 1851, more than one million people - the famine emigrants - sailed from Ireland to America. Never before had the world witnessed such an exodus. Now, 150 years later, The Famine Ships tells the story of the courage and determination of those who crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships to make new lives for themselves, among them the child Henry Ford and twenty-six-year-old Patrick Kennedy, great-grandfather of John F. Kennedy. Tracing the history of these years, The Famine Ships focuses principally on the poignant individual stories, such as that of a parish priest from Wexford who led eighteen families across the Atlantic and up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to found Wexford, Iowa, where their descendants still live. Edward Laxton conducted five years of research in Ireland and among the immigrants' descendants in the United States and Canada to write this book. Superb color paintings by Rodney Charman, facsimile passenger lists, and reproductions of tickets are among the fascinating memorabilia represented in The Famine Ships. -- "Publisher's description."

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