The Great Famine

In Schools Today

The Great Famine is not taught in schools

This catastrophic event should be taught in history classes around the nation because it took many lives, affected many people, and was the trigger to the large Irish immigration to the United States.

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Killed Many People

The Great Famine killed one eighth of the entire population at that time, which is much worse than any of the modern day famines.

Affected Many Lives

The poor decisions of the government drastically worsened the effects of the famine on the people.

Immigration to the United States

The potato blight drove people out of the country in search for work and food. The farmers at the time needed to find other work because it was useless for them to stay at the farm. Friends and family were dying from disease, so people traveled to the United States in hope for a better life.
The Great Irish Potato Famine information and videos