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The great hunger : Ireland 1845-1849

Author: Cecil Woodham Smith
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1962.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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The Great Hunger is the story of one of the worst disasters in world history: the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. Within five years, one million people died of starvation; emigrants by the hundreds of thousands sailed for America and Canada. Most emigrant ships were small, ill-equipped, dangerously unsanitary, and often unseaworthy. Some ships never arrived; those that did carried passengers already infected with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Woodham Smith, Cecil, 1896-1977.
Great hunger: Ireland 1845-1849.
New York, Harper & Row [©1962]
(OCoLC)644451342
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecil Woodham Smith
ISBN: 0060147407 9780060147402
OCLC Number: 220892
Description: 510 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Cecil Woodham-Smith.

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The Great Hunger is the story of one of the worst disasters in world history: the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. Within five years, one million people died of starvation; emigrants by the hundreds of thousands sailed for America and Canada. Most emigrant ships were small, ill-equipped, dangerously unsanitary, and often unseaworthy. Some ships never arrived; those that did carried passengers already infected with and often dying of typhus. The Irish who managed to reach the United States alive had little or no money and were often too weak to work. They crowded into dark, dirty cellars; begged in the streets; and took whatever employment they could get at wages which no American would accept. Epidemics, riots and chaos followed in their wake, so that Irish immigrants came to be regarded as a danger to the health of the community and a burden on society. The Great Hunger is a heartbreaking story of suffering, insensitivity, and blundering stupidity; yet it is also an epic tale of courage, dignity anddespite all oddsa hardly supportable optimism.

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