Essay On Irish African Americans

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In this essay, I will be discussing the experiences of the Irish, African Americans, and Native Americans. I will first begin by talking about the Irish and African American immigration to the United States and how their During the potato famine, which was from 1840 to the Civil War, the Irish were the oppressed race and already had competition from blacks for jobs in the workforce. Both struggled to succeed in the United States. From the Irish perspective, they felt that the only way to succeed was to oppress their competitiors, which were the Northern Blacks. Their way to gaining acceptance in the United States from whites was to join the whites in continuing to oppress the African American race. Plain and simple, the Irish were looking out for themselves only, which was both a good and a bad thing. It was good because Irsh were able to secure jobs and…show more content…
In the early years of immigration the poor Irish and blacks were thrown together, very much part of the same class competing for the same jobs. In the census of 1850, the term mulatto appears for the first time due primarily to inter-marriage between Irish and African Americans. The Irish were often referred to as "Negroes turned inside out and Negroes as smoked Irish." A famous quip of the time attributed to a black man went something like this: "My master is a great tyrant, he treats me like a common Irishman." Free blacks and Irish were viewed by the Nativists as related, somehow similar, performing the same tasks in society. It was felt that if amalgamation between the races was to happen, it would happen between Irish and blacks. But, ultimately, the Irish made the decision to embrace whiteness, thus becoming part of the system which dominated and oppressed blacks. Although it contradicted their experience back home, it meant freedom here since blackness meant
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