Feed the Children First: Irish Memories of the Great Hunger

Feed the Children First Irish Memories of the Great Hunger The great Irish potato famine the Great Hunger was one of the worst disasters of the nineteenth century Within seven years of the onset of a fungus that wiped out Ireland s staple potato crop than a

  • Title: Feed the Children First: Irish Memories of the Great Hunger
  • Author: Mary E. Lyons
  • ISBN: 9780689842269
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The great Irish potato famine the Great Hunger was one of the worst disasters of the nineteenth century Within seven years of the onset of a fungus that wiped out Ireland s staple potato crop, than a quarter of the country s eight million people had either starved to death, died of disease, or emigrated to other lands Photographs have documented the horrors ofThe great Irish potato famine the Great Hunger was one of the worst disasters of the nineteenth century Within seven years of the onset of a fungus that wiped out Ireland s staple potato crop, than a quarter of the country s eight million people had either starved to death, died of disease, or emigrated to other lands Photographs have documented the horrors of other cataclysmic times in history slavery and the Holocaust but there are no known photographs whatsoever of the Great Hunger In Feed the Children First, Mary E Lyons combines first person accounts of those who remembered the Great Hunger with artwork that evokes the times and places and voices themselves The result is a close up look at incredible suffering, but also a celebration of joy the Irish took in stories and music and helping one another all factors that helped them endure.

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    1. This was a collection of survivors' recollections of the Irish potato Famine of the 1850s - it was very stark and sometimes graphic, interspersed with photographs and illustrations created at the time. At first I was cautious about recommending this to children, but after discussing it with a friend we talked about how children don't really fully grasp death and the true horrors of events like this, but they would get the main ideas. I remember learning about things like the Johnstown Flood and [...]

    2. Sometimes when I'm looking at a shelf loaded with academic texts on a particular subject, I pick the one with the most pictures. Mary Lyons gives us the Irish Famine at a glance with a short collection of anecdotes and artwork from its survivors and their descendants. Far from the authoritative tome that other books on the Potato Famine profess to be, but a worth read for anyone interested in how colonialism affects and afflicts a people.

    3. Feed the Children First is more of a supplemental text. The reader would need to know the basics of the Irish famine before diving into the pages to understand the eye witness history put before them in this book. This book is made up almost entirely of quotes and recollections by Irish who lived through the famine and their descendants passing along their stories of the homeland. The editor does include a 3 page introduction explaining the famine and it's affects. Lyons also explains why we per [...]

    4. First person sources about the Irish potato famine and forced evictions of entire villages that lead to the depopulation of Ireland in the mid-1800's. A bit of info about relief efforts describes heavy labor. The book explains that there were no known photographs taken of the starvation at that time, so all accounts are either written or drawings made by newspaper journalists. Very interesting resource for adults or older children doing reports.

    5. Very moving and brief tribute to the victims of the Great Potato Famine in Ireland beginning in 1845. Photos and letters interspersed with the historical narrative.

    6. This book includes actual memories from the Great Hunger from mostly Irish people as well as two Englishman and one Scotsman. They include real names as well and county locations of the people along with their memories. They depict the true and harsh conditions during the potato famine. Historically, this book is important for learning about the Irish Potato Famine because it includes the voices and perspectives of the people who actually experienced it. The photographs and sketches included in [...]

    7. Did not finish the second half of this book, that concentrated on stories told by those who did not live through the famine, but those who remembered their grandparent's telling stories about this horrific time in Irish History. Not one first hand account of what that time was like has survived as the people affected where mostly all illiterate, very sad. I wish I could of had the time to read the second half, but being a library loan home school book, time did not permit it. The first half, whi [...]

    8. Great glimpse into what life was like for those who lived through the Irish Potato Famine, told through anecdotes passed down from those who lived through it. It was a wonderful, real way to learn about the time period.

    9. It's a short book apparently intended for children. I don't think it is a children's book, though. It is a rather bleak but interesting collection of snippets of accounts from the time of the great potato famine in Ireland. There are some illustrations to accompany the text.

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