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EPISODE: 2 "The Force
of Hope: The Legacy of Father McGauran"
Directed by Lindalee Tracey
The Irish Potato Famine of
the 1840s sent thousands of sick and dying immigrants to Grosse Isle,
Québec, in what became known as the "Summer of Sorrow". This is
the story of one heroic Irish Canadian, Father Bernard McGauran, who brought
comfort to many of the immigrants in the summer of 1847.
- Reasons for Irish immigration
in the 1840s
- Arguments in Canada in the
1840s for and against Irish immigration
- Hardships experienced by
- Irish Famine
- Poor House
- Grosse Isle
- Coffin ships
- To understand the reasons
for Irish immigration and the hardships that ensued
- To determine if Father McGauran
is a true Canadian hero
- To appreciate the contributions
of Irish immigrants to Canada
- Write a diary with three
or four entries over several weeks, on one of the following topics:
- Father McGauran while
he is at Grosse Isle.
- An Irish immigrant en
route to Canada.
- An Irish immigrant at
- The public was split over
whether the Irish immigrants should be allowed to land in Canada. You
are the editor of Le Canadien. Write an editorial article either
in support of or in opposition to the Irish to coming to Canada.
- Many Irish children lost
both parents to either cholera or typhus, leaving them orphaned in a
strange country. Fortunately, many of them were taken in by local French
families. Imagine you are a ten year old Irish girl/boy who has just
lost your parents and have been accepted into the Clouthier family living
in Montreal. Monsieur Clouthier is a successful businessman and has
3 children: 1 boy, Jacques age 8, and two girls, Marie age 10 and Madeline
age 12. Living with the Clouthiers is vastly different from anything
you experienced in Ireland. Their lifestyle and customs are different.
Write a letter to your Uncle Patrick in Ireland telling him of your
experiences. Focus on the similarities as well as the differences between
the two cultures.
- Write a 12 line poem about
the "Summer of Sorrow".
- Throughout the film the
narrator asks a number of questions. Many of the answers that are provided
are speculative. Take on the role of Father McGauran and respond to
the questions in a diary format.
- In the film, Father McGauran
is compared to Mother Theresa. Research the role Mother Theresa has
played in the modern world and write an essay (approximately 500 words)
analyzing whether the comparison is appropriate.
- Listen to and read the lyrics
of the traditional Irish song, "Danny Boy". There are two versions,
one with the traditional lyrics and one with lyrics by David Geller.
Both should be read if possible. Analyze the lyrics and music to determine
what it says about the Irish and/or Irish history. You may also want
to consider why Irish music, through such successful performances as
Riverdance, has become so popular and accepted by Canadians.
- In 1847 religion divided
Canadians as much as ethnicity. Yet at Grosse Isle, kindness and tolerance
won over religious divisions. Father McGauran helped bring together
Protestant and Catholic clergy to comfort the sick. Find three examples
of religious discrimination during the 1800s and three examples of religious
tolerance. Explore attitudes toward Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus,
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