1880s Irish farmers fought evictors with boiling water and bees
April 3, 2016 - Uncategorized
Police use a battering ram to forcibly evict a tenant.
Image: National Library of Ireland
In the latter half of the 1800s, Ireland was embroiled in a period of agrarian unrest known as the Land War, in which poor tenant farmers still struggling from the aftermath of the potato famine fought against exploitative landlords
Rent prices had risen with farming profits through the 1850s and ‘60s, but the Long Depression which began in 1873 left many tenant famers unable to pay their rent.
While organizations such as the Land League and legislation such as the Plan of Campaign aimed to provide struggling tenants with rent reduction and relief, evictions were still widespread Read more…