Black Potatoes

Black Potatoes

The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

Book - 2001
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The story of the Great Irish Famine, through the eyes and memories of the Irish people. Tells how they lived, why their lives depended on the potato, how they dreaded the workhouse, and how they feared and defied the landlord who collected the rent and evicted them.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001
ISBN: 9780756950811
0756950813
9780618548835
0618548831
9780618002719
0618002715
Characteristics: 184 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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In Ireland in the 1840’s, people ate from 7 to 15 pounds of potatoes apiece every day. In 1845, a blight attacked the potatoes, turning them black and rotten, and causing a famine in Ireland in which over one million people died from starvation and disease. More than two million people emigrated because they could no longer make a living in Ireland.

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