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The Great Famine and the Irish Diaspora in America - Arthur Gribben

The Great Famine and the Irish Diaspora in America

By: Arthur Gribben (Editor)

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Between 1845 and 1855, nearly 1.5 million Irish women, men and children sailed to America to escape the Great Famine, triggered by successive years of potato blight. The famine and resulting emigation had a profound impact not only on the history of Ireland, but on that of England and North America as well. This volume of original essays commemorates the 150th anniversary of these epochal events and sheds new light on both the consequences of the famine and the experience of the Irish in America. The essays fall into three sections, the first of which examines the changes that took place in Ireland as a result of the famine. The second section explores the evolving perceptions of the famine over time, from the conflicted reactions of the Protestant reading public to coverage in the North American press. The third section looks at public memories of the famine and their role in the creation of Irish American identity.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Women and the Great Famine: Vignettes from the Irish Oral Traditionp. 21
A Tory Periodical in a Time of Famine: The Dublin University Magazine, 1845-1850p. 48
Alexis Soyer and the Irish Famine: "Splendid Promises and Abortive Measures"p. 66
The Transfer of Land and the Emergence of the Graziers during the Famine Periodp. 85
The Great Famine: A Catalyst in Irish Traditional Music Makingp. 104
Grosse Ile: Canada's Famine Memorialp. 133
The Famine Beat: American Newspaper Coverage of the Great Hungerp. 155
"Revenge for Skibbereen": Irish Emigration and the Meaning of the Great Faminep. 180
The Pauper and the Politician: A Tale of Two Immigrants and the Construction of Irish-American Societyp. 196
The Famine and Collective Memory: The Role of the Irish-American Press in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 219
The Great Irish Famine--A Dangerous Memory?p. 239
Notes on Contributorsp. 255
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9781558491731
ISBN-10: 1558491732
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16th February 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43