Black potatoes : the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850
210707s2001 mauab j b 001 0 eng d
|aBartoletti, Susan Campbell.
|aBlack potatoes :|bthe story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850 /|cSusan Campbell Bartoletti.
|aThe story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850
|aBoston :|bHoughton Mifflin,|cc2001.
|a184 p. :|bill., maps ;|c23 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aThe 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.
|aRobert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2002.
2002 Sibert Medal Winner 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.