Irish Hunger: Personal Reflections on the Legacy of the Famine

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These moving commentaries on the events and aftermath of the 19th-century Irish Famine are supplemented with a historical chronicle of the Famine and a collection of eyewitness accounts and period illustrations excerpted from newspaper columns, personal letters, and diaries of the time.
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Overview

These moving commentaries on the events and aftermath of the 19th-century Irish Famine are supplemented with a historical chronicle of the Famine and a collection of eyewitness accounts and period illustrations excerpted from newspaper columns, personal letters, and diaries of the time.
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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of "Black '47," the worst year of the Irish potato famine, California state senator Hayden here collects pieces by 29 Irish and Irish American writers about the disaster and what it means to the Irish today. David Lloyd remarks on Sinad O'Connor's song "Famine," and on the "keening" that takes place in it and how these banshee famine shrieks follow the Irish to this day. Jimmy Breslin examines the fungi that brought the famine and sees it transplanted to the U.S. in the form of bigotry. New York Observer columnist Terry Golway comments on the conservative politics of the modern American Irish and tells how hunger striker Bobby Sands saved him from the fate of becoming a "Reagan Democrat." Irish actor Gabriel Byrne takes us on a "famine walk" and reminds us that "the past is always with us." James S. Donnelly Jr. looks at "revisionist" history and tries to find a middle ground between holocaust and indifference. Michael Collins biographer Tim Pat Coogan ponders British duplicity and brings it into the Northern Ireland political perspective of today. Irish-American Peggy O'Brian transports us to the other side, as she emigrates back to Ireland from Massachusetts. There are also poems by Eavan Boland and Seamus Heaney. This perspective looks at the historical, social and political facets of the famine, and allows us to reflect on how it happened and how it continues to haunt the Irish to this day. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568332017
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication 7
Acknowledgments 10
Introduction 11
Chronology 17
Ch. 1 Confronting the Ghosts 25
Confronting the Ghosts Of Our Past 27
The Memory of Hunger 32
Ch. 2 Remembering the Famine 49
All Our Silences Begin To Make Sense : (Interview with Tom Hayden) 50
The Famine in Schools 56
Ch. 3 A Culture Lost 67
A Ghostly Alhambra 68
The People Lost and Forgot 79
Ch. 4 Identifying the Malady 93
"Inscriptions" 93
Leaves of Pain 95
Troubled People 100
Ch. 5 Where the Famine Led 113
Famine Walk 115
The Great Famine and Its Interpreters 117
Ch. 6 Forgotten Lore 135
"Digging" 135
The Need to Feed 137
In Search of the Banished Children 143
Ch. 7 Continued Troubles 159
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing 160
The Lessons of the Famine for Today 165
Ch. 8 Transgenerational Shame 179
A Nightmare Revisited 181
My Famine 191
Ch. 9 Making History 203
"Return" 203
The Shawl of Grief 205
Famine Roads 212
Ch. 10 A Spreading Evil 225
"What Shall I Wear, Darling, to The Great Hunger?" 225
Famine Roots 227
Closets Full of Bones 234
Ch. 11 Our Dark Fathers 243
My Dark Fathers 245
An Irish Emigrant to Ireland 248
Ch. 12 Recognising the Victims 257
"The Emigrant Irish" 257
Doing Justice to the Past 258
The Famine of Feeling 271
Biographical Notes 295
Sources and Bibliography 297
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