Early Irish Settlers

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The early Irish settlers in the United States emigrated from Ireland. Most people left Ireland for similar reasons. The largest amounts of Irish people were being forced out of their homeland due to the potato famine in the 1840’s. The idea of coming to America not only gave them hopes for a new beginning but for many was their own chance at survival. With failing crops and illness threatening the land families were unable to pay their rent and keep a roof over their head. Others were having their land taken from them because of the religious wars going on in the country and had no where else to go. Again, they looked at America as their only option for survival. The Irish faced different forms of discrimination when they first arrived…show more content…
The work they were able to find was manual labor with low pay. When it came to non manual types of work employers accompanied the ads with a “no Irish need apply” stipulation. (D. Harris) This ties into the dual labor market theory. The jobs were there, just not for the Irish. Some believe this was due to a fear of the Irish and the idea that they could become strong in political government if given the opportunity. By refusing to give them work the dominant group in the country could keep the Irish people in poverty and feel safe from their fear of having their government taken over by people they did not deem worthy. This is an example of the glass ceiling effect which kept many Irish people for rising up in companies and bettering their lives as they had hoped to do when they left Ireland…show more content…
I was brought up being told stories of my “ancestors” and their struggles in the new world. I have always been very interested in Irish history even as a child because of that. While I have had my own struggles to deal with in life none of them have been because of the ethnic groups I belong to. That being said I can also relate to the United States mainstream culture because that is what is familiar to me. A person’s ethnic background never mattered much to me, however living in Massachusetts; certain areas are still very segregated by ethnic groups. The city of Boston still has Irish neighborhoods, Italian neighborhoods, and Jewish neighborhoods and so on. I imagine it is much better now than it was nearly 200 years ago but it provides a sense of what it must have been like for the first immigrants to come to
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