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The Resource This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover

This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover

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  • The historic site at the west end of Grosse Ile in Canada was a scene of a mass tragedy in 1847. Here lies the burial trenches where thousands of Irish emigrants were dumped, one on top of the other, to suffer one final indignity in death. Having already been subjected to severe famine, disease, and persecution at home in Ireland, the Irish poor left in a mass emigration movement in search of a new start in Canada. Experiencing appalling conditions on inferior overloaded ships, many succumbed to fever, disease, and finally death on the transatlantic voyage to Canada. Those who survived the voyage had to pass inspection and quarantine on the island of Grosse Ile in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the healthy could then go on to Quebec. However, by now, the conditions on board had taken their toll, and below most decks was like a 'pestilential dungeon', with many passengers sick with fever and dying daily, only to be thrown overboard into the St. Lawrence while waiting for the inspection. Upon inspection, those who showed signs of infection were herded to go to the quarantine hospital on Grosse Ile. The quarantine hospital was in a disgraceful condition, run-down, and inadequate to administer to the boatloads of sick, who needed food and medical care. In the end, thousands died, with no help to alleviate the situation from an unsympathetic Canadian government. This book is based on the true story of one emigrant's personal experience through all of it
  • Gerald Keegan was one of the emigrants who left famine conditions in County Sligo, Ireland and made the long voyage across the Atlantic. He experienced firsthand the shocking conditions on Grosse Ile, conditions so shocking that the Canadian government of the day tried every way possible to keep the public from finding out about it. The dairy he kept was first published in Huntington, Quebec in 1895, but was censored by the government for being too frank an exposure of the injustices that were at the root of the emigration movement. Writer James Mangan has taken Gerald Keegan's Famine diary and edited it to make it more intelligible to readers who might not be familiar with the historical background of the mass emigration movement from Ireland in 1847. For this book, he also changed the language idiom into a more modern type of expression, and introduced a number of characters in order to fill out the historical background of the emigration movement. In doing this, every precaution was made to maintain the charming simplicity and frankness of the original author, Gerald Keegan. Today, we know about the cruelty of the Irish landlords, but life aboard the coffin ships is hardly documented and the ultimate fate of the emigrants is rarely adverted to. Keegan's dairy shows us the face of the famine dead. -- from Introduction
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Summer of sorrow
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Mangan, James J
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illustrations
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no index present
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PR9199.3.M27.V97
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fiction
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active 1847
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Keegan, Gerald
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  • Keegan, Gerald
  • Irish diaries
  • Irish
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Famines
  • Victims of famine
  • Victims of famine
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Transatlantic voyages
  • Ocean travel
  • Passenger ships
  • Ships
  • Ships
  • Ships
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway
  • Ports of entry
  • Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site (Québec)
  • Canada
  • Canada
  • Irish
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants
  • Canada
  • Quarantine
  • Starvation
  • Death
  • Disease management
  • Epidemics
  • Keegan, Gerald
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This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover
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This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover
Contents
Black '47 -- Too little, too late -- The trek to Dublin -- The Naparima -- The St. Lawrence -- Grosse Ile -- Closing the journal -- The recovery of the journal -- Epilogue
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ocn805937953
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20 cm.
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144 p. ;
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9780863273001
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ill.
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This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover
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This book was published as a contribution to the AFrl Great 'Famine' project. -- Back Cover
Contents
Black '47 -- Too little, too late -- The trek to Dublin -- The Naparima -- The St. Lawrence -- Grosse Ile -- Closing the journal -- The recovery of the journal -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn805937953
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
144 p. ;
Isbn
9780863273001
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ill.

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