Similarities Between Irish Famine And Hurricane Katrina

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Irish Famine and Hurricane Katrina By Richard C Ricks III The Irish Famine and Hurricane Katrina, even though 160 years apart, are historical catastrophes that with many similarities as well as differences. The Irish Famine started in 1845 and ended in 1852, killing thousands upon thousands of citizens who were not given a surviving chance because of system of laws put in place by a “greater” race. The outcome of the Irish Famine has people screaming genocide, as I am one of those people. Hurricane Katrina was a category 5 hurricane that destroyed most of the Gulf Coast, including the city of New Orleans. New Orleans, known for its Jazz and French Quarter, has always been threatened by hurricanes. Much of the Greater New Orleans is below…show more content…
The Irish Catholics were prohibited by the Penal Laws from owning or leasing land, from voting or holding political office, from living in a town or within 5 miles of a major town, they could not obtain an education, could not enter a profession. The Penal Laws, passed and upheld by Great Britain, oppressed the Irish citizens from doing anything necessary in order to succeed and prosper in life. A new system for managing land was adopted in the 18th century making land owning a middleman system. Collection of rent was left in the hands of the landlords, who were the middlemen, assuring the landlord of a regular income. Irish Catholics made up the majority of the population in Ireland, where they lived in poverty. The Irish Catholics, banned by law to own land, were subject to work the fields that they did not own while paying rent for the same land that they “lived” on. These harsh conditions are a major condition as to how and why…show more content…
Freed slaves that are a funny statement considering the “freed” slaves encountered the Black Codes and the Jim Crow Law. The Black Codes limited the basic human rights and civil rights of blacks. The codes, enacted by the former southern states, provided African Americans a limited “second-class” civil rights. The freedmen were not allowed to vote or hold public office. They were allowed to own property, though only in a certain area. They had limited access to the courts, but were not allowed to testify against whites, were not allowed to serve on juries or serve in the military. The Jim Crow laws mandated de jure segregation in all public facilities in the south, starting a “separate but equal” status for blacks. These laws led to conditions that tended to be inferior to those provided for the whites, causing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. The Jim Crow laws caused entire states to be segregated, segregation of public schools, public places, public transportation, bathroom, restaurants and drinking fountains. The Black Codes and the Jim Crow laws caused the African American race to be at a disadvantage to climb up the social hierarchy chain. They were not given the same opportunity to purchase land in “safe” areas such as the white race. These setbacks, basically gave the white race a 50 year head start on purchasing all of the good land and the taking over of the
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