Flight from Famine by Donald MacKay
Winner of The QSPELL Prize for Non-Fiction in 1991
Popular history at its best, this fine book tells the moving story of the mass migration that brought a million Irish men and women to Canada in the first half of the 19th century. Some left conditions so bad that one witness describes how “they wandered into towns and died in the streets.” After the horrors of the voyage, many arrived penniless, sometimes even naked, to “make good” in the New World.
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