"When the full extent of Ireland's potato crop failure became known in Boston, both the Irish and the Yankee Community spring into action. On February 7, 1847 Bishop John Fitzpatrick gave an emotionally-charged sermon from the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Parish priests followed suit. By the end of the month the Boston Archdiocese had raised $20,000 for Ireland. Workmen were sending in $5 bills and school children were giving over their paltry savings for this urgent desperate cause.
"On February 18, 1847,
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