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Our cover storyWhy Famine Came to Ireland
Thomas Cahill writes on the great catastrophe that became known as the Famine. The mass exodus of people during and following this period would forever change the course of Irish and American history.
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Other stories from our latest issue:
- The First Word by Patricia Harty
A Living Memorial
- Grave of 19th Century Irish Rebel Discovered in Brooklyn
- New Independent Irish Films Wow Critics
- The Donner Party Revisited
- Those We Lost
- The Spoilers of Our Land
How the British Government Responded to the Great Hunger. By Christine Kinealy.
- Help From Afar
The Irish Famine was the first national disaster to attract international fundraising activities. These activities cut across traditional divides of religion, nationality, class and gender. Such a response was unprecedented. By Christine Kinealy.
- The Ghosts of Grosse Ile
One of the major ports of entry for Irish Famine immigrants, Grosse Ile lies in the St. Lawrence River, just east of Quebec. It contains the largest Famine cemetery outside of Ireland. By Aliah O’Neill.
- Arriving in the New World
What we know from literature about what Irish Famine immigrants encountered upon their arrival in North America. By Tom Deignan.
- The Hands That Built America
Between 1845 and 1855, some 1.8 million left Ireland for Canada and the United States. Those who were lucky enough to survive the brutal journey to the New World were motivated by the hope of new possibilities, including the promise of employment. Kara Rota reports.
- The Search for Missing Friends
From 1831 through 1916, the national Boston Pilot newspaper printed some 45,000 “Missing Friends” Advertisements placed by friends and relatives in attempts to located loved ones lost during emigration. These ads, consolidated into edited volumes, provide a valuable record of a poor emigrants population trying to reach one another.
- Return to Ireland
Mary Pat Kelly writes about the ancestors calling her home.
- The Road to the White House
Mastery of urban politics helped the Irish rise from huddled masses to heights of political power.
- The Educator
In the tradition of great educators who helped the Irish grab the first rungs on the ladder of success, Dr. John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University, reminds us from whence we came and the struggle to get where we are. As founder of Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger collection, he is the guardian of a remarkable treasure of history that we can’t escape. By Kara Rota.
- Education and Debate
Maureen Murphy and Martin Mullin talk to Tara Dougherty about teaching American students about the Great Hunger.
- Finding Our Roots
By Kara Rota.
- Hunger Memorials in America
Some crimes are so terrible an affront to humanity that they are impossible to capture in a memorial. But it could be said that memorials are for the living, not for the dead, a way to comfort the survivors, a way to redeem the suffering through beauty, and a reminder that we have to care for the hungry citizens of the world today. By Tara Dougherty.
- Book Reviews
Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest
- Leaves of Pain
A compelling story of blight, destruction and resurrection by Jimmy Breslin.
- The Good Samaritan
During the worst winter of the Famine, the American reformer Asenath Hatch Nicholson began her one-woman relief operation, organizing a soup kitchen, visiting homes of the poor and distributing bread in the street. Maureen Murphy brings to life this remarkable, but little-remembered individual.
- Maid as Muse: Emily Dickinson’s Irish Connection
Aífe Murray tells Aliah O’Neill the story of how an Irish maid influenced Emily Dickinson’s poetry and saved it from destruction.
- New York Rock Band Black 47
Aliah O’Neill speaks Larry Kirwan about the Irish Famine’s Musical Legacy.
- Spring's Precious Sting
Nettles—the edible leaf that is also known as the devil’s leaf.
- Photo Album: Jack Moran on Tar Beach
- Forget Me Not
Archaeology sites expose hidden history of the Famine. By Charles E. Orser, Jr..
Selections from Irish America:
- October/November 2010
- August/September 2010
- June/July 2010
- April/May 2010
- February/March 2010
- December 2009/January 2010
- October/November 2009
- August/September 2009
- June/July 2009