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"Ireland," November 27, 1851

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This article from the Des Moines Courier in 1851 predicts that emigration from Ireland will deplete its population.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, "Ireland," Des Moines Courier, pp. 1, 27 November 1851


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.

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • 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?

Citation Information 

"Ireland," Des Moines Courier, pp. 1, 27 November 1851. Courtesy of Library of Congress