Irish Immigration Essay

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Being Irish American has always been an a source of pride as an individual but historically being Irish in America was not something that people could hold their heads high about. The Irish were considered lowlifes and at times were treated worse the Blacks, who were once keeps as slaves (Schaefer, 2006). The major influx of Irish immigration to the United States began as a result of the potato crop failure and famine in Ireland. During the immigration period nearly one million Irish arrived in America (Gone to America, 2000). Irish immigrates arrived in Boston and New York City and migrated to other cities such as Cincinnati, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Unlike other immigrants who headed west for the wide open spaces the Irish chose to…show more content…
That outlet was the free Blacks of the time whom the Irish found themselves competing for menial, low wage job against. In a good many cases signs would be posted or job ads would state “No Irish Need Apply” (Gone to America, 2000, pg.4, para.3). The Irish were in opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation, the freeing of the slaves would simply add to their problem they had competing with Blacks for jobs. The worst violence surrounding this time in Irish American and Black American history took place in July 1863 in New York city when riots broke out between the two groups. These riots were sever enough that Federal troops were called in to put a stop to the fighting but not before 18 free Blacks Americans died and $5 million worth of property was damaged. Throughout the upheaval of the time there were those in the Irish community who sought an alternative and so when the Civil war began they enlisted to fight for their new country. Some Irish soldiers fought in the in the Union Army and others fought in the Confederate. The all-Irish 69th New York Regiment fought at the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg earning a reputation for being brave and dependable in a fight (Gone to America,2000). Opinion such as these were more in line with what the Irish were know for in their homeland of

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