“The Famine created modern Ireland.” Do you agree or disagree? Provide at least three specific pieces of historical evidence to back up your claim.
At the start of 1845, all was well on the island of Ireland. The union with England gave the over eight million Irish the protection and support of the most powerful and prosperous nation of the time, as well as offering a strong market for exporting the more profitable agricultural produce. And the potato, the blessed potato, provided a cheap, healthy diet for many farmers and laborers. As history records it, when the blight came the economy went down. The fungus attacked the potato crops slowly by slowly throughout Ireland, people began to lose their main source of food. With the people in Ireland’s huge dependency on the potato, people began to starve or get sick from the potatoes. The potatoes were black inside with molds throughout it that came from the fungus from something in nature. The weather that brought the blight also was one of the causes because they could not control how the weather was bringing the fungus. As such this created immigration of people to more safe countries like USA and other parts of Europe. This essay will therefore focus on how the “Great Potatoes Famine” helped in creating the modern Ireland.