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Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish…

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

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Black Potatoes is a surprisingly riveting informational book about the potato famine, including the social, religious, and political factors that played into it.
  Auhewitt | Mar 5, 2018 |
The Great Irish Famine was a disaster that struck Ireland in 1845. A mysterious, black potato disease took out the only real source of food of Ireland at the time for five years. One million people would lose their lies from starvation and the disease; two million more people would flee their homeland to find a new home. This story tells of men, women and children who salvaged fields of vegetables, scarfed down weeds, and walked several miles to hard-labored jobs. These people found food in soup kitchens, and often times would commit petty crimes to be sent to prison, where at least they were guaranteed food. This story is chilling and a great idea to be used for teaching Irish history. ( )
  dmrunn31916 | Nov 11, 2017 |
Great, but very dense. I would use specifically for close-reading. ( )
  zcurlach | Apr 28, 2016 |
This is the disaster story of the Great Irish Famine. This history is recounted by the Irish survivors about the potato blight in the 1840's. It recounts the politics, biology, and the desperate circumstances.One million died of starvation and disease; two million fled, some rebelled against the government. There was much suffering and social injustice by the landlords. This is an excellent history lesson about cultural, and social injustice, plus ramifications of food shortages. The illustrations are black and white engravings which set the mood for this dark time in history.
  JuliannOlson2015 | Nov 30, 2015 |
This is a great book. Even though this is a book for older students, it still incorporated valuable illustrations. Most of the images were hand drawn, were very detailed, and had nice captions. Since this is a longer book, it is important that the captions were there and the pictures were appropriate. I also liked the author’s use of language. This is an informational chapter book, so the content is academic, but the author did a great job of making it understandable for students. For example, the author gives great context clues by saying, “An overseer, or ‘ganger’ supervised the laborers.” The author used a common word to help describe a more academic word. The main idea of this book is that the Irish Famine was a he turning point in history, and was a devastating event.
  Abeckl1 | Nov 24, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618548831, Paperback)

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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The story of the Great Irish Famine, through the eyes and memories of the Irish people. Tells how they lived, why their lives depended on the potato, how they dreaded the workhouse, and how they feared and defied the landlord who collected the rent and evicted them.… (more)

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