Irish Migration To The United States

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When the Irish Came to the United States Jennifer Holtam ETH/125 May 14, 2012 Maurianna Swanson When the Irish Came to the United States The Irish American ethnic group in the United States has gone through very hard times, since their arrival to the United States. The Irish immigrated to the United States during the Irish Potato Famine that struck Ireland, the potato famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. The Irish potato famine was the worst famine to occur in Europe in the 19th century. ( The Irish immigrated to the United States in hopes of finding a new life for them…show more content…
The Irish thought they were leaving their homes in the famine stricken Ireland, to go to America “the land of opportunities”, to start a new and better life. Only to find people pointing and laughing at them as the stepped off the boats. The Irish also found themselves dealing with environmental justice issues, such as their housing situations. The Irish were victims to unscrupulous landlords, who would sub-divide former Yankee homes into cheap housing. The Irish would pay $1.50 per week to live in a single nine by eleven foot room, with no running water, no bathroom, and no windows ( The Irish were also victims of reverse discrimination, because of their fellow Irishmen who became “runners” in the United States. These “runners” would find new Irish immigrants as they stepped off the boats, and lead them straight to high priced, rodent infested rooms, with no water, no bathroom and no windows. The Irish also found themselves to be victims of redlining in the United States as well. The Irish would take any unskilled jobs they could find in order to earn money; however, there were only a limited amount of unskilled jobs ( The Americans became so overwhelmed with the amount of Irish immigrants that they started to hang “no Irish need apply” signs in the stores, factories, and workshops to keep the Irish from finding jobs and earning money. This type of redlining kept the Irish from finding jobs and care for their children properly. Many Irish lost their children due to illnesses caused by the poor living conditions the Irish were forces to live in. Many Irish were also uneducated and therefore would turn to the streets in order to earn money, and many Irish children would beg in the streets for
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