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  The Great Shame: A Story of the Irish in the Old World and the New
Great Shame: Story of Irish Old World & New

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 784 pages
Author: T. Keneally
Year: 1998
Other Data: b&w photos, sketches, maps, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780091840617

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Product Code: RAN013

In the nineteenth century, the Irish population was halved. 'The Great Shame', a remarkable work of non-fiction, traces the three causes of this depletion: the famine; the emigrations; and the transportations to Australia. Based on unique research among little-used sources, this masterly book covers eighty years of Irish history, told through the intimate lens of political prisoners - some of them ancestors of the Keneally family - who served time as convicts in Australia.

Beginning with Hugh Larkin, a 24 year old 'Ribbonman' transported or life in 1833, 'The Great Shame' tells of the Ireland these prisoners came from and the Australia they encountered. It brings us close to Irish women such as Esther, wife of Larkin, and the future Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar, friend and collaborator of notable Irish prisoners. But we also encounter the 'Female Factory' and the Irish convict women who married humble protest criminals, and we learn of the often desperate survival methods of 'transportation-widowed' women left in Ireland. Throughout the nineteenth century, Australian and American organsation also participated in the extraordinary escapes or attempted escapes from Australia and some of the most famous Irish politicals, including William Smith O'Brien, Thomas Francis Meagher and John Mitchel.

Through many such lives, famous and obscure, we see not only he daily experience of famine sufferers and Irish activists, but also the astonishing history of the Irish diaspora: to the St Lawence, to New York, to the high plains of Montana, and the bush towns of New South Wales. All of them are vividly present in this epic tale of Australian imprisonment, Irish disaster and New World redemption.

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Note on the Text

Book 1
1. Hugh Larkin's Ireland
2. The Shipping of Ireland, and the Exile of Chains
3. Assigning Ireland
4. The Limits of Location
5. Ireland and the 'Whitby' Women
6. The Lass From the Female Factory
7. Ireland young and Old
8. A Fond Farewell to the White Potatoes
9. A Thousand Farewells to Yu, Island of St Patrick
10. Fiasco and Noble Gesture: The Rebellion of Young Ireland
11. Young Ireland on Trial
12. Shipping Young Ireland
13. By Order of Great Depression
14. Young Ireland and the Profane Colonists
15. The Skeleton at the Feast

Book 2
17. Young Ireland and the Isms of Yankeedom
18. Ireland and the Bloody Arena
19. Faugh-a-Ballagh
20. The Chickahominy Steeplechase
21. Woefully Cut Up
22. Let Me Have Idaho
23. Glorio, Glorio, to the Bold Fenian Men
24. Re-Making Montana; Violating Canada
25. Fenians Transported
26. The Fenians of the Desert Coast
27. Fenians at Large
28. Home Rule and Dynamite
29. The Fenian Whaler
30. Perth Regatta Day
31. Republican Christ

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