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    A Vermont Yankee On the Famine Road

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    A Vermont Yankee On the Famine Road
    Asenath Nicholson, a progressive campaigner for temperance and vegetarianism, first met the Irish in the slums of Manhattan. Visiting the country just before and during the Famine, she wrote what Frank O’Connor described as ‘a Protestant love song to a Catholic people’.
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    Leaping into Darkness

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    After a decade of modest growth, in 1958 the Chinese authorities launched the Great Leap Forward, a reckless campaign aimed at greatly accelerating economic development. What resulted was, in terms of the number of its victims, the greatest famine ever.
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    The Wild Harvest

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    Before the inexorable advance of the conifer, the picking of wild berries on Irish hillsides often provided a welcome seasonal boost in income for poorer rural families.
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    CÉ FADA LE FÁN

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    Had the Protestant Reformation succeeded in Ireland the story might have been different, at least while religiosity lasted. In Wales and Scotland evangelical Protestantism sustained literacy in Welsh and Scottish Gaelic for generations, even in their remote fastnesses.
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    Rough Justice

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    Leitrim was fond of money: in his office at Lough Rynn he was Midas in his counting house ... He took over an encumbered estate and debts of about £55,000. At his death his gross rental income was about £30,000 and he had accumulated capital of £180,000 in bonds and cash. In today’s terms that is roughly €20 to €25 million. Most of this fortune he had extracted from an impoverished tenantry.
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