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The Graves Are Walking
by John Kelly
A magisterial account of the worst disasters
to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical
narrative history. Deeply researched, compelling in its details, and
startling in its conclusions about the appalling decisions behind a tragedy
of epic proportions, John Kelly's retelling of the awful story of Ireland's
great hunger will resonate today as history that speaks to our own times.
Religious dogma, anti-relief sentiment, and racial and political ideology
combined to result in an almost inconceivable disaster of human suffering.
This is ultimately a story of triumph over perceived destiny: for fifty
million Americans of Irish heritage, the saga of a broken people fleeing
crushing starvation and remaking themselves in a new land is an inspiring
story of revival.
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convinced by Kelly's argument that the famine did *not* come from a policy
of deliberate genocide?
In what ways was the viewpoint of the Moralists wrong-headed? Can their
point of view be defended at all?
How did the strengths and weaknesses of individual men impact the famine?
Who were the villains and the heroes of the disaster?
How did the English theory of laissez-faire economics affect the disaster?
Why might it have made sense for England, but not Ireland?
What role did the system of absentee landlords have on the tragedy?
Scientists in Ireland are researching a genetically modified potato that
resists blight. While famine is unlikely to recur in Ireland, other
countries are still vulnerable to blight. Should research into GMO potatoes
The Irish Potato Famine in World History in Context (Library Card
October - Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
November - Persepolis by Marjane
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