Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Chapter 1

• Irish had experienced bumper crop of potatoes.

• Following year farmers encountered blight.

• Potatoes began to rot in storage.

• Farmers relied on secondary crops.

• Irish were defeated at the Battle of Boyne River.

• Prime Minister Pitt and the Irish government joined under the Act of Union.

Chapter 2

• Ireland's population and geography are discussed.

• Ireland's class system is established.

• Author notes farmers' arrangements with landlords.

• "Hedge schools" are introduced as are common family laws.

• Author details the Poor Law Act of 1838.

• Ireland's economy is examined.

Chapter 3

• People began to panic over not having enough food.

• Some people went to extreme measures to feed their families.

• Soup kitchens were set up.

• Scientific cause of the blight is discussed.

• Peel arranged to have corn imported to feed the hungry.

• There was a money shortage and workers were not being paid.

Chapter 4

• Peel was replaced by Lord John Russell.

• Russell refused to...

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