'Coffin Ships' and The Great Irish Famine

This is an article I wrote for my site about Coffin Ships and the Potato Famine:


"In 1958 in his book 'A Nation of Immigrants,' John F. Kennedy wrote about the significance of immigration to America. He quoted a passage from the American poet Walt Whitman, who felt the United States was a special place precisely because it welcomed a diversity of people from many lands. Walt Whitman wrote, 'These States are the amplest poem, Here is not merely a nation but a teeming Nation of nations.

"In the 1840s the Irish became a part of America’s 'Nation of nations.' The Irish did not come to America because of the potato; they came because of politics." 

 http://www.irishamericanjournal.com/2017/08/coffin-ships.html ;

See more on my website at http://www.irishamericanjournal.com/

Thank you,

Adrian McGrath

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Tags: An Gorta Mor, Arts, Coffin, Famine, History of Ireland, Ships

Comment by Patrick Francis Deady on October 1, 2018 at 10:18pm

Thanks, Adrian,

Not often you read the truth in print.


Comment by Mike McCormack on May 20, 2019 at 4:10pm

When will people stop calling it a famine -- a famine is a lack of food.  There was no lack of food in 1845 to 52 and beyond.  It was all sent abroad for profit.  If you must use that misleading term, at least call it an Artificial Famine!


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