The Long March by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
The Choctaw's Gift to Irish Famine Relief

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"This deeply moving work quietly and effectively underscores the drama and pathos of a little-known historical episode. In 1847 the Choctaw, themselves impoverished, raised $170 (the equivalent of more than $5ooo today) to aid the Irish, then in the throes of the great potato famine."-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review• Endorsed by the Choctaw Nation.• A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 1998.• Children's Books of Ireland BISTO Book of the Year Merit Award, 1999.

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About Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

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Author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. Some of her well-known works are Lizzy and Skunk; I'm a Tiger, Too!; You, Me and the Big Blue Sea; and The Long March. She has received numerous awards, including two Reading Association of Ireland Children's Book Awards, the Irish Children's Book Trust Book of the Decade Award, and two Bisto Merit Awards for best children's book. She lives in Ireland, but likes to travel and has visited Australia and the United States.
Published May 1, 1998 by Ten Speed Pr. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Responding to a nationwide appeal during the Irish potato famine, the impoverished Choctaw nation collected $170 (about $5,000 in modern terms) only 15 years after their forced relocation by whites to what is now Oklahoma;with fine insight, this commemoration explains how and why the Choctaw were...

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When the people of Choona's tribe hear that Choctaw leaders have asked everyone to contribute, some wonder why they should help the Nahullo (Europeans), who drove them from their homelands in the Southeast only 16 years earlier.

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In a starred review, PW called this story of the Choctaw Indians, who raised money to aid the Irish during the great potato famine, "a deeply moving work.&

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