1995: How British Free Trade Starved Millions During Ireland’s Potato Famine

by Paul Gallagher Printed in The American Almanac, May 29, 1995. Not Potatoes, But Slavery Any historian, who has studied the subject further than former Vice-President Dan Quayle, knows that potatoes (or the lack thereof) did not cause the Irish famine and genocide 150 years ago. The potato blight which struck the harvest in autumn 1845 had begun in North Carolina, and spread to destroy potato crops throughout the Northern Hemisphere for several years; it did not cause famine or mass death anywhere except in Ireland. Nor were potatoes the only major produce of Irish agriculture at the time; they were just the only produce which the Irish – 75 percent of whom were feudal tenants of British landlords, fanatical preachers of “free trade” – were allowed to eat or to feed to their livestock. The historian Arthur Young had written, like many others, that the Irish tenant farmers […] Read More