Sarah Hawkes

About Sarah

The Fourth of July is an iconic American celebration characterized by parades, fireworks, and backyard barbeques. But where did the history of the Fourth of July holiday begin and how did celebrations change over time? In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776 as Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. On this day in 1776,… MORE

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Beginning in 1845, a potato famine ravaged Ireland’s agricultural landscape and devastated the Irish people. When potato blight started destroying Ireland’s primary subsistence crop in 1845, it quickly spread throughout the island nation and left many Irish peasants starving. During the nineteenth century, Ireland was a predominately rural society in which most citizens rented land… MORE

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