Black Potatoes The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

ISBN-10: 0618548831

ISBN-13: 9780618548835

Edition: 2001

Authors: Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland. Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. It's the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, it's also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A former 8th-grade English teacher, Susan Campbell Bartoletti writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Black Potatoes is the winner of the ALA Sibert Award for Best Information book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Nonfiction award. She lives with her family in Moscow, PA.

Introduction
Black Potatoes, Black Potatoes
We've an Extra Potato
Lend Me a Little Reliefe
A Flock of Famishing Crows
Only Till the Praties Grow
The Fever, God Bless Us and Protect Everyone
A Terrible Leveling of Houses
The Going Away
Where Would the War Begin?
Come to Cork to See the Queen
Conclusion
Map of the Counties and Major Port Cities of Ireland
Timeline
Bibliography and Sources
Index
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