The Great Irish Potato Famine
James S. Donnelly, Jr.
Sutton Publishing 2001
In the century before the great famine of the late 1840s the Irish people, and the poor especially, became increasingly dependent on the potato for their food. When potato blight struck, causing the tubers to rot in the ground, the result was one of the worst disasters in modern history.
The famine resulted in the death of about one million people and was also largely responsible, in conjunction with British government policies, for one to the great international huan migrations of modern history – the mass exodus of some two million people from Ireland, mostly to North America in the years 1845 – 55.
Written in English