World-renowned authority on Ireland's Great Hunger discusses the Irish Famine and new book takes a closer look into the the slave industry

03/20/14 Mary Glenney
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CHRISTINE KEALY, world-renowned authority on Ireland's Great Hunger, professor of history and Irish studies at Quinnipiac University joins the show. Kinealy will serve as director of the newly created Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac, which will be as a scholarly resource for the study of the Great Hunger. Kinealy is a noted author of seven books on the Great Hunger, including "This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52, which was named the "Irish Post" Book of Year in 1995. Did you know that during the Irish Famine over a million Irish people were starving to death? Ireland, under British colonial rule, was exporting more than enough food products – corn, barley, wheat, beef – to keep the people alive.

Kinealy also comments on the hunger throughout the world – one in six Americans, one in five of them children, are food deprived. For children in African American and Hispanic communities, it is one in three. Yet we all know, “America feeds the world.” There is no lack of food, they live in poverty. Women and children suffer the most. See more at:

GREG GRANDIN, professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Grandin writes on US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights is also interviewed. He has published in The New York Times, Harper’s, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, and The American Historical Review. A HISTORIAN WITH SKILLS COMPARABLE TO Doris Kearns Goodwin in my opinion, who not only gives the facts, but tells them in a riveting manner. His latest book, The Empire of Necessity, according to Toni Morrison is “scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin’s deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary.”

What do you really know about slavery? The age of liberty in which we saw the revolutions American, French, Haitian – equality, liberty, justice existed hand in hand with the age of slavery. If you have watched with horror the shocking levels of racism displayed in this country, you will find a great deal of necessary information in Grandin’s book, The Empire of Necessity. “If you do not know your history, you are condemned to repeat it.”

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