9781554884186

Flight from Famine : The Coming of the Irish to Canada

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    9781554884186

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    1554884187

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-17
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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Summary

One of Canada's founding peoples, the Irish arrived in the Newfoundland fishing stations as early as the seventeenth century. By the eighteenth century they were establishing farms and settlements from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes. Then, in the 1840s, came the failures of Ireland's potato crop, which people in the west of Ireland had depended on for survival. "And that," wrote a Sligo countryman, "was the beginning of the great trouble and famine that destroyed Ireland". "Flight from Famine" is the moving account of a Victorian-era tragedy that has echoes in our own time but seems hardly credible in the light of Ireland's modern prosperity. The famine survivors who helped build Canada in the years that followed Black '47 provide a testament to courage, resilience, and perseverance. By the time of Confederation, the Irish population of Canada was second only to the French, and four million Canadians can claim proud Irish descent.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Wild Geesep. 17
The Garden of Irelandp. 41
Peter Robinsonp. 56
The Ballygiblinsp. 70
"A Perfect Mania for Going to Canada"p. 80
"Independence and Happiness"p. 103
The World of Humphrey O'Sullivanp. 118
Cholerap. 135
"Off We Go to Miramichi"p. 154
The Green and the Orangep. 166
"Shovelling Out the Paupers"p. 186
Emigrant Shipsp. 201
"The Song of the Black Potato"p. 219
Black'47p. 247
"The Fearful Mortality"p. 264
Counting the Costp. 300
An Irishman's Canadap. 316
Epiloguep. 341
Source Notesp. 343
Select Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 354
About the Authorp. 368
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