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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

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The Cause of the Great Famine

Between 1845-52, over a million Irish citizens died of starvation, and a million more emigrated to save themselves. Traditionally, the cause of the widespread devastation is chalked up to a potato blight. It's true that the blight catalyzed the famine, but for generations, historians covered up the enormous role that England played in exacerbating the problem. Boats of food were sent from charitable nations all over the world, and were turned away by English overlords. Even crazier, Irish farmers continued to produce crops but were forced by the English to export them. It's no wonder the relationship between these two nations remains icy to this day.

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