Remembering Famine Orphans: The Transmission of Famine Memory between Ireland and Quebec

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Remembering Famine Orphans: The Transmission of Famine Memory between Ireland and Quebec
Abstract
The author examines the documentary sources on which is based the popular memory of the famine Irish orphans of 1847 that were adopted by French Canadian families in Quebec City and Montreal. The author argues that this memory can be traced not to contemporary records and correspondence between French Canadian and Irish clerics, religious and lay benefactors and government officials who first ministered to the famine migrants on Grosse Isle and in Montreal, but rather to a set of pastoral letters, pamphlets, didactic novels and travelogues published a generation after the famine in the 1860s, especially John Francis Maguire's The Irish in America (1868).
Book Title
Holodomor and Gorta Mór: Histories, Memories and Representations of Famine in Ukraine and Ireland
Place
London, UK; New York, NY; Delhi, India
Publisher
Anthem Press
Date
2012
Pages
115-144
Language
en
Citation
King, Jason. “Remembering Famine Orphans: The Transmission of Famine Memory between Ireland and Quebec.” In Holodomor and Gorta Mór: Histories, Memories and Representations of Famine in Ukraine and Ireland, edited by Christian Noack, Lindsay Janssen, and Vincent Comerford, 115–144. London, UK; New York, NY; Delhi, India: Anthem Press, 2012.
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