An introduction to the 1845 potato blight that swept through Ireland, causing the worst famine Europe had ever experienced. The population and landscape were decimated.
Students could be asked to list and describe the main impacts of the famine upon Ireland in the 1840s. The teacher can now discuss and develop ideas on programmes of relief and responses to famine. Extension activities can look at 'New York Times' articles from 1852 that claimed that the population of New York City was said to be 26 per cent Irish to discuss the wider social and political impacts of the famine. The teacher can then broaden the subject to discuss relief measures for modern famine situations.