IN 1846, THERE WAS A HORRIBLE DISEASE WhICH AFFECTED THE POTATO CROP. IRISH FARMERS FOUND THEIR FOOD STORES ROTTING (che marciva) IN THEIR CELLARS. PEASANTS WHO ATE THE ROTTEN PRODUCE SICKENED AND ENTIRE VILLAGES WERE CONSUMED BY CHOLERA AND TYPHUS. THE IRISH FAMINE OF 1846-50 TOOK AS MANY AS ONE MILLION LIVES FROM HUNGER AND DISEASE. EMIGRATION DEPOPULATED IRELAND : THE POPULATION DROPPED FROM 8 MILLION TO 5 MILLION. MOST OF THEM EMIGRATED TO the USA AND LIVED IN GHETTOS.

 

Irish village at the famine period

Another imagine
of the Irish famine
Irish emigrants arrive in USA

http://vassun.vassar.edu/~sttaylor/FAMINE