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The History Of The Irish Potato Famine

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The History Of The Irish Potato Famine

The History Of The Irish Potato Famine

The History Of The Irish Potato Famine

Only Available in Archive Formats.

This is the 150th anniversary of Black 47 the peak of the Irish Potato famine. In 1845, a fungus attacked Ireland's potato crop, destroying it within a year. For millions potatoes were the only significant source of food. More than a million people died in the famine, another two million emigrated. On St. Patrick's Day, join Melinda Penkava for a historical perspective on the Irish potato famine and how it impacts Irish society and life today. That's next on Talk of the Nation, from NPR News. Guests: Tim Pat Coogan Historian, Author Editor of the Irish Times for 20 years Christine Kennelly Fellow, University of Liverpool, England Author This Great Calamity (Rinehardt, 1995), A Death Dealing Famine (Pluto Press, 1997) Listeners call in