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Chartism, Cholera and a Crystal Palace

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The Crystal Palace: Commissioned by Prince Albert to stage the Great Exhibition of British achievement in 1851. Image from wikipedia.

We have now reached the third and final part of the section of A Purgatory of Misery that covers the famine years. It looks at events in Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom in the years following the summer of 1848.  There was an economic crisis, failed rebellions in England and Ireland, more famine and disease in, and emigration from, Ireland. And Britain mounted a showcase of its achievements in a specially built glass house dubbed The Crystal Palace. Tomorrow I’ll publish the last chapter in which I try to draw some conclusions about responsibility for the disaster. Meanwhile, you can read the latest chapter here or begin at the beginning here.

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