The Irish Potato Famine: An Unnatural Disaster, Pt. 2

A Scene at the Gate of the Workhouse, from Ridpath's History of the World, 1907 Public domain

In the mid-1800s, the poorest people in Ireland ate almost nothing but potatoes. Other crops were for selling. So when a blight cut a swath through the potato crop, the impact was severe, and politics played a significant role in the tragedy.

Topics in this Podcast: British history, Irish history, civil rights, Irish potato famine, Great Hunger, European history, 19th century