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The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship

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"The remarkable story of the Jeanie Johnson, the legendary Irish Famine Ship recounts the journeys of this famous ship, her heroic crew, and the immigrants who were ferried between Ireland and North America. Spurred by a complex web of motivations - shame, familial obligation, and sometimes even greed- more than a million people attempted to flee the Irish famine. More than one hundred thousand of them would die abroad one of the five thousand aptly named "coffin ships." But in the face of horrific losses, a small ship named the Jeanie Johnston never lost a passenger.... efforts of a remarkable crew allowed thousands of people to find safety and fortune throughout the United States and Canada"-- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2013
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Description: xvi, 238 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451610130
1451610130
9781451610161
1451610165
Branch Call Number: 941.5081 Mil

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Jun 08, 2013

Remarkable book about the immigration to North America of Irish fleeing the potato famine. The book is really about much more than just the one ship in the title, although that ship figures prominently. The book packs a lot of information into relatively few pages, while maintaining a very readable style. There is detail about how the potato famine came about, the disease that followed, the political climate and figures that made things worse, the profiteering and scandals related to emigration, the experiences and challenges in North America, among other details, all then while weaving in the stories of individuals to give depth. Highly recommended!

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