By Mel O.
Grade 8, Ohio
Country of Origin: Ireland

Potatoes were a very important crop in Ireland. There was a blight of the potato crop that left acre upon acre of Irish farmland covered with black rot. Many people were affected because the economy depended on the potato. Without steady incomes, farmers were without homes and their families were starving. Many of the men left for America where they could have the opportunity to make enough money to send for their families to join them. They came to America to survive and to build a foundation for a better life.

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