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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

Liz Dwyer

What's taught about Irish-American history in schools? St. Patrick's Day and a tiny mention of Ireland's potato famine. "Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore the famine, despite the fact that it was responsible for unimaginable suffering and the deaths of more than a million Irish peasants, and that it triggered the greatest wave of Irish immigration in U.S. history. Nor do textbooks make any attempt to help students link famines past and present."

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