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The Famine Ships: The Irish Exodus to America Paperback – March 15, 1998
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The defining moments of Irish history are studded with arrivals (St. Patrick, Oliver Cromwell) and departures (St. Columbanus, James Joyce). In the 1840s the great arrival was the Potato Blight, and the even greater departure was the multitude of ships carrying the nearly one million emigrants escaping the Irish famine to America. In this work, Laxton, a former newspaper editor, narrates the stories of these emigrants as they sailed for the the New World. The work is a fascinating compilation derived from family histories handed down through the generations; it describes both the horrible conditions aboard the ships and the emigrants' boundless optimism concerning the freedom of America. This well-written supplement to the various works on the Irish famine exodus finally draws attention to the people and the ships that defined a moment in Irish and American history.?John J. Doherty, Montana State Univ., Bozeman
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A splendid book, written in a fresh and accessible way, which will grip anyone with the most superficial interest in the Famine years.” ―Irish Times
“Fascinating . . . finally draws attention to the people and the ships that defined a moment in Irish and American history.” ―Library Journal
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