Annals of the famine in Ireland

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Lilliput Press, 1998 - History - 240 pages
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Mrs. Nicholson, a native of Vermont, spent nearly three years in Ireland, from the winter of 1847 (the worst of the Famine) to 1849, trying to do what she could to help the poor, from running her own soup kitchen in Dublin, to visiting the sick and dying in the huts and fields all around the island, to distributing bread in city streets or assisting in any way she could in the many wretched poorhouses she visited.

Her efforts marked the start of a rare personal campaign, as she travelled the country, aiming to alleviate the starving conditions wherever she found them. Her book is an extraordinary narrative of an eyewitness who became an integral part of the lives of those she helped -- feeding, clothing, and cooking for the most needy. Besides providing a powerful and vivid picture of life during the Famine, it is an acute examination of the circumstances that led to and sustained the catastrophe, condemning those in power who mismanaged, miscarried, and misjudged. Now back in print since its original publication in New York in 1851, this is one of the most valuable records we have of Ireland in the throes of the "great famine" -- a remarkable story of a remarkable woman.

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Murphy is Professor of English at Hofstra University in New York.

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