Earl Grey’s Irish Famine Orphans (21):why did the Earl Grey scheme come to an end?

This is a long one. I’m still grappling with some of the issues.

trevo's Irish famine orphans

Why did the Earl Grey scheme come to an end?

As perthe ‘About’ page of thisblog, you’re not forced to accept anything I say. Please, feel free to let me know your take on why the Earl Grey scheme came to an end. History has always been about discussion and debate.

“‘Uncertainty in meaning is incipient poetry‘-who said that?” (Brian Friel, Translations)

One of the problems we face is that the most accessiblesources that have survived–government enquiries, parliamentary papers, newspaper articles and the like–were written from the vantage point of the upper and middle-class establishment. It would be a shame to let that decide for us what is important and accept what they say at face value. It would give us a one-sided history. But sometimes, as in this case, they are very important. I just hope we don’t lose sight of the young women…

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