Posted by Kelly T. on November 14, 2003 at 01:41:20:
In Reply to: Re: Sheesh forget it. I'm feeling a tad Duh ... posted by Butch on November 12, 2003 at 06:04:13:
it's painful to read and I have no idea how the Irish have ever forgiven the English (although I know that Europe lost all their crops and it was tough times everywhere those famine years) I have trouble to even think about what those poor people suffered.
The Indian meal was brought from the America's and was as hard as flint. The English couldn't grind it because there were not enough mills and it was distributed in a form that could not be cooked down......it cause great pain to the poor folks driven to eat it.
I just get angry when I read the history of those years and I'm trying to dig deeply enough to discover how my Grandmother with 6 of her children made it to Canada. They had to have lived through the horror until early spring of 1848 and I need to find something for my story that will explain how they managed this.
I hate studying this so closely......inevitably someone (like my DH will say "well they couldn't have lost all their grain" or some other dumb statement that just reveals how little they can imagine what really happened to those poor souls.
So the last couple of nights have been very upsetting as I dig my way through trying to think of what Mary did to keep them all alive. Her Toby didn't make it. We have no idea how he died or when but we assume the fever took him. What a sad time.