Irish Famine

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The Irish Potato Famine was a period of starvation, disease and emigration, and was known as one of the biggest tragedies from 1845 to 1847. Many people depended on potato crops to survive; however [comma] the potato crops acquired blight, a disease that caused the potatoes to rot while still in the ground. No good crops could be grown for two years [comma] causing Irish tenant farmers unable to pay rent and was forced off their land causing over 21,000 people to die of starvation. The Irish Potato Famine caused many people to leave Ireland to seek work overseas in areas such as England and America. The Irish Potato Famine had a big impact on the history and the economy of Ireland. The Irish Potato Famine caused great losses and created long term effects on the economy during this period in history. The English and Irish seen the outbreak of the famine as inevitable; however many think that the disaster could have been avoided by a more determined government action. Some blamed the potato blight on the government for failing to adopt economic theories. The Whig Government led Lord John Russell from 1846 to 1852 severely worsened the effects of The Irish Potato Famine; causing nearly one-eighth of the population to die of starvation. The Irish Potato Famine was much more destructive of human life than the majority of famines in history. In Ireland many was poor, and needed potato crops to keep from starving. Many also needed to harvest the potato crops to make money to pay their landlord rent for the plots that the tenants rented to keep from losing their land. The effects of the Irish Potato Famine were a tremendous impact on the economy of Ireland. The loss of the potato crops created a food gap that was so enormous that ... ... middle of paper ... ... to Canada, however 70% of the emigrants did go to the U.S.A to work. The author states his facts on emigrants working in America as Ireland emigrants having no skills other than working in factories and on railroads. Women that could speak English obtained employment in America as servants of the rich. This article is a useful example in understanding the type of skills the Irish possessed after the emigration of the Irish to American and the jobs that the Irish obtained. Woodham-Smith, Cecil “The Great Hunger” (1989) Old Town Books This article provides useful and concise information about the hunger the Irish experienced during The Irish Potato Famine. The author shows issues such as; starvation in Ireland during The Irish Potato Famine. The author argues that the government could have been more involved in helping the Irish during the Irish Potato

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