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A Very Sad Period in Irish History

This video segment from Faces of America highlights Stephen Colbert’s Irish ancestors, the Garins, and the reason they left Ireland--the Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century. Colbert learns of the dreadful conditions the Irish people endured during the Famine. Historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. also travels to Limerick, where the Garins lived, and interviews present-day residents who shed further light on the extreme living conditions of the working class people of Ireland during the Great Famine.

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