This lecture series explores the Irish Potato Famine in depth. Topics include: Ireland before the famine, the Penal Laws and oppression of Irish Catholics, the relationship between poverty and land ownership in Ireland, the scientific and economic causes of the famine, the diseases that struck Ireland during the famine years, the mass emigration of the Irish to Canada and America, and the legacy those immigrants left behind in their new countries.
Part 1: Ireland Before the Famine
Part 2: Poverty and Land Ownership in Ireland
Part 3: A Mass of Rottenness
Part 4: The Epidemic
Part 5: The Exodus