The Mystery of Duffy's Cut: Background information when reading Red Sky in Morning

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Red Sky in Morning

by Paul Lynch

Red Sky in Morning
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    Nov 2013, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2014, 304 pages

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The Mystery of Duffy's Cut

Duffy's Cut granite block enclosureBefore 2004, hikers passing through the woods in Chester County, Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Malvern would have encountered a granite block enclosure with no identifying marker. Perhaps they would have puzzled a moment before walking on. Perhaps they would have heard an odd sound or even caught a glimpse of a specter dancing on the earth, as local lore has it that ghosts inhabit this stretch of the old Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. In any case, the oddity of the enclosure in an otherwise empty stretch of woods may have led them to wonder about its story.

The story begins in Ireland, in June of 1832. The majority of the Irish population is suffering. Poor and largely living on land rented from English and "Anglo-Irish" aristocracy, they are forced to pay exorbitant rents and turn over large portions of their harvests to the landowners. Poor harvests and exploited land are the precursors to the Great Potato Famine in 1845. Many young people look toward the shores of America,...

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