Surplus People by Jim Rees

Surplus People

byJim Rees

Kobo ebook | March 4, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$5.39 online 
$5.99 list price save 10%

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

The Great Famine in Ireland was a catastrophe of immense proportions. Eviction, emigration and death from starvation were widespread. Landlords, eager to dispose of ‘surplus’ tenants, engaged in ‘assisted passages’, whereby tenants were given financial incentives to emigrate. The clearances of uneconomic tenants from the 85,000-acre Coolattin Estate in County Wicklow by Lord Fitzwilliam were the most organised in Ireland during and after the Famine years. From 1847 to 1856 Fitzwilliam removed 6,000 men, women and children and arranged passage from New Ross in Wexford to Canada on emigrant ships such as the Dunbrody. Most were destitute and many were ill on arrival in Quebec and New Brunswick. Hunger and overcrowding at quarantine stations, such as the infamous Grosse Île, resulted in further disease and death. Jim Rees explores this tragedy, from why the clearances occurred to who went where and how some families fared in Canada.

Title:Surplus PeopleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:The Collins PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1848898517

ISBN - 13:9781848898516

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews