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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Essay

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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination
August 22nd, 2010
Haven McCall

Ethnic Groups and Discrimination
The group that I chose was the Scotch-Irish American.   The reason that I selected this group is that my grandfather and grandmother both were of this ethnic group, passing on this heritage to my mother when she was born.  
The Scotch-Irish American refers to Presbyterian and Protestant dissenters from the Providence of Ulster (Wikipedia, 2010).   This group migrated to North America mainly during the colonial era, with an estimated 250,000 people making that first trip.   Another 150,000 people of this group were estimated to have immigrated in the early 19th century (Wikipedia, 2010).   The Scotch-Irish ethnic group descended from Scottish and English families who were transplanted to Ireland in the 1600s.   It is estimated that 36.3 million Americans reported having an Irish ancestry in 2008, 1.2% or 3.5 million people identified specifically with Scotch-Irish ancestry (Wikipedia, 2010).
The Scotch-Irish faced some prejudices when they initially migrated to the colonies, but these hostilities applied to all of the ethnic groups seeking to start a new life in the new land.   The Scotch-Irish, in comparison to other ethnic groups arriving at that time, only experienced the prejudices for a short time.   This was largely due to the groups push to the cheap lands in the back parts of the country where “out of sight” they did not offend any of the English colonists with their so-called “oddities” (Leyburn, 2008).
The Scotch-Irish also faced the same racism that other groups experienced during this time.   The Catholics openly spoke of their prejudice towards the Irish, because they felt that the Irish were inferior to them.   What is not known is that although most English settlers regarded the Irish as inferior, it was the Irish that would bring the potato with them which would ultimately become a staple crop in Maine, in addition to that forming an economic...

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