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The Famine Ships: The Irish Exodus to America
 
 
Author
Edward Laxton.
Publisher Holt  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780805058444
Pages/Publication Date 250/1998
Daedalus Item Code 31095
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Between 1846 and 1851, more than one million people—the potato famine emigrants—sailed from Ireland to America. In this "splendid book, written in a fresh and accessible way" (Irish Times), the longtime news editor of England's Daily Express and Daily Mirror tells of the courage and determination of those who crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships and made new lives for themselves, often in the passengers' own words. Among them are the young Henry Ford and the 26-year-old Patrick Kennedy, great-grandfather of John F. Kennedy.

"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, [Edward] Laxton, a former newspaper editor, narrates the stories of these emigrants as they sailed for 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."—Library Journal

 
 
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