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Author Prendergast, James, -1848.

Title The Prendergast letters : correspondence from famine-era Ireland, 1840-1850 / edited by Shelley Barber.

Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2006]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  941.960810922 PREN    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Correspondence. Selections
Physical description x, 202 pages : maps, facsimiles ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction to the James Prendergast family correspondence / Shelley Barber -- The Prendergast family in Ireland / Ruth-Ann M. Harris -- The letters -- The Prendergast family in America / Marie E. Daly.
Notes A collection of forty-eight letters in the manuscript collection of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, chiefly written by James Prendergast to his children, with the correspondence being continued after his death by his widow Elizabeth Prendergast.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [195]) and index.
Summary "The Prendergast Letters Collection, one of the noteworthy manuscript collections at Boston College's John J. Burns Library, provides an account of the experiences of an ordinary family in County Kerry, Ireland, from 1840 to 1850. The letters include myriad details of the lives of family members and neighbors, reports of weather, agriculture, and local events and economy, along with commentary on matters of national importance such as politician Daniel O'Connell's movement for the repeal of the Act of Union." "Most important, the letters offer a rare contemporary, firsthand account of Ireland's an Gorta Mor, the Great Famine that began with the failure of the potato crop in 1845. Letters written in the months and years following the announcement of the first crop failure provide insight into not only the sufferings of one family but also the response of the community and nation as this crisis transformed Ireland."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Prendergast, Elizabeth, -1857.
Barber, Shelley, 1960-
Boston College. John J. Burns Library.
Subject Prendergast, James, -1848. -- Correspondence.
Prendergast, Elizabeth, -1857. -- Correspondence.
Prendergast, James, -1848 -- Family.
Famines -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Kerry (Ireland) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Kerry (Ireland) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Sources.
ISBN 1558495509 (cloth : alk. paper)