This newspaper article from 1851 describes a desperate situation in Ireland, which is rapidly losing population. The letter originally appeared in the Limerick Chronicle and was reprinted in the Des Moines Courier.
- What does the migration of people from Ireland mean to Ireland, according to the author? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
- How long does the author believe the migration from Ireland will continue?
- Why do you think the author felt the need to describe the ships sailing from Ireland?
- What adjectives would you use to describe the author's feelings about the future of Ireland?
"Ireland," Des Moines Courier, pp. 1, 27 November 1851. Courtesy of Library of Congress