Courtesy of Library of Congress, "Poor Ireland," Burlington Hawk-Eye, pp. 2, 21 June 1849
This article from the Burlington Tri-Weekly Hawk-Eye in 1849 gives a dark picture of Ireland. The author states that the information being relayed is a month old and that conditions in Ireland are as bad as they have ever been. He states that starvation and disease are the leading causes of death in the country.
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- According to the article, "The Foreign Element," the number of people emigrating from Ireland was decreasing. What in this article might explain that decrease?
- What does the author of this article tell you about their source(s) of information? Does this make what they are telling you more believable? Why or why not?
- What adjectives would you use to describe conditions in Ireland based on reading this article?
"Poor Ireland," Burlington Tri-Weekly Hawk-Eye, pp. 2, 21 June 1849. Courtesy of Library of Congress