Irish famine

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Irish famine

  1. 1. Cate Llewellyn Mrs. Niederoest English Period 614 December 2011
  2. 2. Period of: • Disease • Mass starvation • Immigration
  3. 3. • Causes: • Bight on potatoes • Unsuccessful crop growing for potato farmers
  4. 4. • Irish relied solely on potatoes for: • Food • Income to pay for clothes, housing• Potato farming was their life
  5. 5. • Caused families to lose their: • Jobs- they potato farmed for a job • Homes- could not pay rent • Food- main food was potatoes • Money- from farming• Caused more than 1,500,000 deaths• Great loss of population in Ireland
  6. 6. • Sometimes referred to as Ireland’s Holocaust• In America, we call it the Irish Potato Famine, or the Great Irish Famine.• Irish people sometimes call it the “Great Hunger”
  7. 7. • Took place from 1845 to 1852• During Victorian Era• In Ireland
  8. 8. • Government stepped in for a short period of time• Then, they cut the relief works• The Quakers, or Society of Friends, tried to fill the gap• Caused the government to reinstate the relief works• Still wasn’t enough
  9. 9. • There are now many memorials to famine victims• Will never be forgotten• Affected many of our Irish ancestors

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