In Ireland, the potato famine was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration between 1845 and 1849. It was very harsh time for the Irish.
Potatoes had died. Very sad.
In early September 1845, the potatoes were infected with blight. It was noted to have attacked the crop in some areas. In that year one third of the entire crop was destroyed. In 1846, the crop was a TOTAL failure. The Irish really liked potatoes.
Irish liked potatoes because it was cheap to grow and had lots of nutrients. They didn’t have money for proper food so they fed themselves on mostly potatoes. One third of the population was entirely dependent on potatoes.
In Angela’s Ashes, Frank overhears the nurse talking to Seamus about all of the children who died of starvation in that very ward during the potato famine.
Many Irish people had left the country during. Over 4.5 million Irish left home and headed mainly to the United States. About 1.5 million people died of starvation. Deaths were highly among children under 5 years of age and among the elderly.
By the beginning of 1849, Irish were still suffering. Michael Shaughnessy, a barrister in Ireland, described children he encountered while traveling as "almost naked, hair standing on end, eyes sunken, lips pallid, protruding bones of little joints visible." In another district, there was a report of a woman who had gone insane from hunger and eaten the flesh of her own dead children. In other places, people killed and ate dogs which themselves had been feeding off dead bodies.
Throughout the Famine years, nearly a million Irish arrived in the United States. Famine immigrants were the first big wave of poor refugees ever to arrive in the U.S. and Americans were simply overwhelmed. Upon arrival in America, the Irish found the going to be quite tough. With no one to help them, they immediately settled into the lowest rung of society and waged a daily battle for survival.
The potato famine can’t be dealt with today because it’s not a problem anymore.
In the end, the potato famine was a very harsh time for the Irish. Hopefully next time they will have a better vegetable like lettuce or broccoli. Thanks for your time. Thank you Ireland.
Irish potato famine
By Randy Villatoro<br />And <br />Joseph Nehme<br />PotatoFamine<br />
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