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I thought I ought to try to understand what all the fuss was about and I feel this DVD from Amazon has given me a better knowledge of what has been going on.
It's certainly a hard luck story. No doubt about that, but one ought to remember that "The English" were doing rotten things to their own undertrodden people at the same time.
The potato famine was dreadful, but Lancashire was having its own famine too. Nobody sat on their hands moaning about THAT!
The cavalry and other troops were mowing them down in the streets of Manchester. Let's try to keep a sense of perspective on history.
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2012, 13:33:31 BST
Franz Bieberkopf says:
What you say about the repression of British workers in the 18th century is true, but this DVD is a history of Ireland, not an exercise in comparative faminology.
Posted on 17 Sep 2012, 11:19:59 BST
Táin Bó says:
So why don't you go make a DVD series about Lancashire's history instead of moaning about this one.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2014, 12:30:16 BST
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2014, 12:46:59 BST
The Lancashire cotton famine of the early 1860s was due to a downturn in the textile industry caused partly by the American Civil War. The workers and their families certainly suffered great deprivation but it was nothing like the mass starvation that occurred in parts of Ireland during the potato famine.
The Northern Star, a Chartist newspaper of the 1840s detailed the plight of working men and women in the industrial cities of Britain and they were horrified by what they saw happening in Ireland (eviction as well as famine) believing it to be deliberate government policy to depopulate the rural areas of the country for economic purposes.
I am not sure what 'sitting on their hands and moaning' is supposed to mean, unless it is to suggest that those who suffered somehow 'asked for it' or were complicit in some way. If so it shows an ignorance of the political and social situation in Ireland at the time.
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