Cormac O'Grada's "Black '47 and Beyond" Book Review by pghrebel

Cormac O'Grada's "Black '47 and Beyond"
Reviews Cormac O'Grada's book "Black '47 and Beyond" about the Great Irish Potato Famine.
# 109569 | 1,200 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US

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This paper explains that, in "Black '47 and Beyond", Cormac O'Grada not only explains the basic facts about the Great Irish Potato Famine (1847) but also brings in the economical aspects of this period. O'Grada uses a comparative approach his writing rather than a redundant narrative style. The author points out that O'Grada indicates that a key feature of the Irish famine was that well over a million people left Ireland. O'Grada includes a section of the book on people who moved to New York City because of the Irish famine. The paper relates that O'Grada's provision of excellent first hand sources and many tables and graphs help keep the reader's attention.

From the Paper:

"O'Grada is quick to point out that most Irish who perished during the famine did not die from hunger. Most perished from associated diseases such as typhoid fever and dysentery. This was a time before any types of medicine were available to treat any of the symptoms that were being felt by Irish people. O'Grada is right up front when he says that professional medicine and medical men served little to no purpose during the famine. Some ridiculous remedies were offered by these medicine men. Remedies included components that included a mixture of chalk and opium and pills and opium."

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