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Cold is the Dawn

Charles Egan

Cold is the Dawn

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ISBN 9781781326596

Published Jul 2017

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229 x 152mm (432 pages)

As in Britain, the Irish squeezed into the slums of American cities. For the most part, Irish men took the heavy, unskilled labouring jobs. Along the waterfronts in New Jersey and New York, there were thousands of Irish stevedores, which resulted in bitter battles for union recognition and Irish control. In the anthracite mines of Pennsylvania, the late 1840s saw a similar struggle for better conditions and Union recognition.

Hunger deepened in Ireland in 1848 as the potato crop failed again.

In London, the government, alarmed by austerity in England and revolution in Europe, refused to re-open the soup kitchens in Ireland. But, worse still, they refused to halt food exports from the starving country.

Emigration quickened as many were evicted, and many more fled from a wasted land. They worked the waterfronts and coal mines of America and the railways and building sites of England. But hunger still stalked them.

Cold is the Dawn follows these men and women and their bitter fight for survival in Ireland, England and America.

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