This Jackdaw chronicles the causes and
catastrophic effects of the Great Irish Potato Famine of
1845-50 - which resulted in millions of Irish deaths and
forced millions more to emigrate to England, the United
States, and Canada - through primary source documents
that include a first-hand report of pre-famine living
conditions; a letter pleading for aid; British, Irish, and
American newspaper accounts of the unfolding tragedy;
and gripping contemporary illustrations. An illustrated
Broadsheet Essay provides essential background to
facilitate document analysis and understanding.
Focus Jackdaws are specifically designed to
stimulate interest in key historical eras and events and
link the past with the present. They are ideal for
enhanced classroom discussions, concentrated group
study, and individual student research projects.
Authentically reproduced documents help students
understand the significance of primary source materials
while they expand critical thinking and analysis skills.
Primary Source Documents
- Illustrated Broadsheet Essay
- Critical Thinking Questions
- Recommended Reading List
- Excerpt from Letters On The Condition Of The People
Of Ireland. 1846.
- Letter from Benj Morris Wall, Mayor ofWaterford on
behalf of the Poor Law Guardians, November 12, 1845.
- Selections from The Nation, 1847.
- Views from Punch, a London humor magazine, 1846-7.
- Graphic views of Ireland's misery - Illustrations
from The Illustrated London News, 1849-1850.
- A view from the United States - Articles from
the Palladium, a Whig paper in New Haven,
- Photo album: scenes of emigration and immigration.