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The Great Irish Famine

A History in Documents

Karen Sonnelitter (editor)

ISBN: 9781554813773

Publication Date: Jan 2019

Format: Paperback

In the fall of 1845, a mysterious blight ravaged Ireland's potato harvest, beginning a prolonged period of starvation, suffering, and emigration. This document collection presents a broad selection of historical perspectives - a guide to greater understanding of the causes, the course, and the impact of the Famine.
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In the fall of 1845, a mysterious blight ravaged Ireland's potato harvest, beginning a prolonged period of starvation, suffering, and emigration that reduced the Irish population by as much as twenty-five percent in a mere six years. The Famine profoundly impacted Ireland's social and political history and altered its relationship with the United Kingdom. This document collection presents a broad selection of historical perspectives – a guide to greater understanding of the causes, the course, and the impact of the Famine. Letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and other works are collected within, carefully described and annotated for the reader. A substantial introduction, a chronology of events, and a useful glossary are also included to aid in interpretation of the primary texts.
Illustrations 6 black & white illustrations
Pages 178
Dimensions 229 x 178
Date Published 30 Jan 2019
Publisher Broadview Press
Series The Broadview Sources Series
Subject/s British & Irish history   Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   Social & cultural history  
  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Questions to Consider
  • Part I: Conditions in Ireland before the Famine
  • 1. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal, (Dublin, 1729)
  • 2. Thomas Prior, A List of the Absentees of Ireland, (Dublin, 1729)
  • 3. The groans of Ireland, in a letter to a Member of Parliament, (Dublin, 1741)
  • 4. Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, (London, 1776)
  • 5. Thomas Malthus, "Newenham and others on the state of Ireland," Edinburgh Review, 1808.
  • 6. J. Bellingham, Hints to Farmers on the Culture of Potatoes, (Newry, 1813)
  • 7. Mr and Mrs Samuel Carter Hall, Ireland: Its scenery and characters, (London ,1841-3)
  • 8. Reports of the Commissioners for Inquiring into the State of the Poorer Classes in Ireland, (1834-5).
  • 9. Thomas Campbell Foster, Letters on the Condition of the People of Ireland, (London, 1846)
  • 10. Mountifort Longfield, Lectures on Political Economy, (Dublin, 1834)
  • Part II: Effects of the Blight
  • 11. Newspaper Accounts of the Blight
  • 12. Illustrated London News, "Condition of Ireland: Illustrations of the New Poor-Law," 22 December 1849
  • 13. William Bennet, Narrative of a Recent Journey of Six Weeks in Ireland, (London, 1847)
  • 14. Alexander Somerville, The Whistler and the Plough with Letters from Ireland, (Manchester, 1852)
  • 15. Lord Dufferin and G.G. Boyle, Narrative of a Journey from Oxford to Skibbereen (Oxford, 1847)
  • 16. Newspaper coverage on Famine Diseases
  • 17. Newspaper coverage on civil unrest
  • Part III: Government Responses to the Famine
  • 18. Instructions to Committees of Relief Districts, 28 February 1846
  • 19. Speech by Earl Grey in the House of Lords, 23 March 1846
  • 20. Sir Robert Peel, Memoirs by the Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, (London, 1857)
  • 21. Speech by Lord John Russell in the House of Commons, 17 August 1846
  • 22. Correspondence Explanatory of the Measures of Her Majesty's Government (London, 1846)
  • 23. Bill to Make Provision for the Punishment of Vagrants, 15 April 1847
  • 24. C.E. Trevelyan, The Irish Crisis, (London, 1848)
  • 25. Papers Relating to the Proceedings for the Relief of Distress (London, 1848)
  • Part IV: Non-Government Responses to the Famine
  • 26. Public Opinion in the Press
  • 27. William Henry Smith, A Twelve Months' Residence in Ireland, during the Famine and the Public Works, 1846 and 1847, (London, 1848)
  • 28. James Tuke, A Visit to Connaught in the Autumn of 1847, (London, 1848)
  • 29. Report of the British Association for the Relief of the Extreme Distress in Ireland and Scotland, (London, 1849)
  • 30. Thomas Carlyle, Reminiscences of My Irish Journey in 1849, (New York, 1882)
  • 31. "The Famine in the Land-What Has Been Done, and What is to be Done," Dublin University Magazine, 1847
  • 32. The Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends, Distress in Ireland, Extracts from Correspondence, (Dublin, 1847).
  • 33. Transactions of the Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends During the Famine in Ireland in 1846 and 1847, (Dublin, 1852)
  • 34. Reactions in the United States
  • 35. John Hughes, A Lecture on the Antecedent Causes of the Famine, (New York, 1847)
  • Part V: Effects of the Famine
  • 36. William Steuart Trench, Realities of Irish Life, (London, 1868)
  • 37. Newspaper Coverage of Evictions
  • 38. Robert Whyte, Ocean Plague: Or, a Voyage to Quebec in an Irish Emigrant Vessel (Boston, 1848)
  • 39. Papers Relative to Emigration to the British North American Provinces in North America, (London, 1847)
  • 40. The Grey Nuns Accounts
  • Part VI: Aftermath
  • 41. William Wilde's Report in the 1851 census
  • 42. Mary Ann Sadlier, Bessy Conway; or the Irish Girl in America, (New York, 1861)
  • 43. Anthony Trollope, Castle Richmond, (London, 1860)
  • 44. John Mitchel, The Last Conquest of Ireland, (Dublin, 1861)
Karen Sonnelitter is Assistant Professor of History at Siena College.

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