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What was the Irish potato famine?

In 1845, Ireland's potato farmers dug up their crop to a nasty surprise: the potatoes were shrivelled and black. Those who ate them fell seriously ill. This farming crisis soon turned into a national catastrophe that shaped the course of Irish history. This video from TED-Ed explains why the famine happened and the factors that made it worse.

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