Lecture fourteen 10 31 08

Lecture fourteen 10 31 08 - One million dead Starvation...

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One million dead Starvation Disease Two million emigrated
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Two million emigrated
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Emigration encouraged by the British In some cases it was paid for by landlords Irish were sold into indentured servitude
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Many died in transit Coffin ships Unsanitary conditions promoted spread of disease
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Many arrived in the new world dead or ill Dysentery Cholera Typhus infectious disease Among the common ailments:
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The locals associated the immigrants with disease Dysentery Cholera Small pox infectious disease
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Xenophobia Fear of outsiders They might be diseased
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Irish population Millions Year 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1800 1845 1860 1920 2001
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Social significance of the famine
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Mass migration to the new world From: Ireland N. Europe
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Famine memorial Boston, MA Changed demographics in North America Cheap labor
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The Irish brought their traditions to the new world Including Halloween, which was originally a Celtic festival in celebration of the harvest
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Large-scale relief effort Government responsibility for welfare of citizens Counter to laissez faire
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