turns out my Irish ancestors hoarded potatoes during the Great Famine and wouldn't share so I'm thankful for selfishness today (or I wouldn't exist) Missing my second home where I spent half a year and where my life changed.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden, CT displays accounts from the time of the potato famine of 1845-1852, but its strongest works are modern. (New York Times, 1.4.13)
The Great Potato Famine, Ireland, 1840s. The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During the famine Ireland's population dropped by 20–25 percent, one million people died, and a million more emigrated from the island. The proximate cause of the famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight. The blight was so devastating because one third of the Irish population was entirely dependent on the potato for food.