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The Famine Ships

The Irish Exodus to America

Edward Laxton

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Often through the words of the passengers themselves, this book documents the frequently tragic story of the mass of people forced to emigrate from Ireland during the potato famine of 1846-1851. The famine was the defining event in modern Irish history: more than a million people died of starvation and disease and another million left their homeland, traveling from all parts of Ireland to board ships bound for the United States and Canada. Sailing under conditions that were rarely monitored, many were denied the food and water promised with the price of their ticket. Many succumbed to disease, and those who survived faced a bittersweet aftermath as unwelcome immigrants in America. The Famine Ships tells a story of courage and determination that is an incredible chapter in American immigrant history and a crucial moment in the Irish-American experience.

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"A splendid book, written in a fresh and accessible way, which will grip anyone with the most superficial interest in the Famine years."-Irish Times

"Fascinating . . . finally draws attention to the people and the ships that defined a moment in Irish and American history."-Library Journal

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  • Edward Laxton

  • Edward Laxton is of Irish descent. He was the news editor of England's Daily Express and Daily Mirror for nearly thirty years. The Famine Ships is his second book. He lives in England.
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