Many were forced to move, while others left voluntarily to search for employment and a better quality of life. Moreover, not all immigrants enjoyed their new life at British North America. Even though leaving Ireland appeared to be the only escape, Irish Catholic immigrants should not be thankful for a new start at British North America. Throughout the emigration, they have received phony promises by landlords during the famine, Irish faced the same problems of poverty and discrimination as before, and their living and working environment was deficient. The Great Famine in 1845 was a crucial time phase that touched off a mass migration.
Irish Immigrants in Boston The life of Irish immigrants in Boston was one of poverty and discrimination. The religiously centered culture of the Irish has along with their importance on family has allowed the Irish to prosper and persevere through times of injustice. Boston's Irish immigrant population amounted to a tenth of its population. Many after arriving could not find suitable jobs and ended up living where earlier generations had resided. This attributed to the 'invisibility' of the Irish.
Although the Great Famine played an essential role on this move. I can imagine myself in their shoes. It was a hard time but they survive and became better people, spreading the Irish Culture and name through the world. Works Cited D'Arcy, Williams. The Finian Movement in the United States 1858- 1886.
“We are talking about one of the greatest tragedies Of the nineteenth century.” -Ian Gibson Irish-American. To some, this term merely designates one of the many ethnic groups which can be found in the United States; but to those who are Irish-American, it represents a people who faced a disaster of mammoth proportions and who managed to survive at great cost. The Great Hunger of 1845 changed, or more often, destroyed the lives of millions of Irish, causing them to seek refuge from poverty and starvation in other, more prosperous countries. However, not all countries would accept these victims of the Potato Famine. After an immense burst of Irish immigration to Great Britain, the British Parliament began to halt Irish migrants from entering the country.
Over the past few centuries, many countries have changed. Not only have countries changed, but the people within each country have changed as well. Some people have had to work harder and have struggled more than other people. During a time of famine and war, Irish immigrants came to America to build a better life, but they were greeted with hostility and hatred, sometimes based on religion, but yet they continued to come and build a life. Irish immigrants in America have had both good and bad events throughout time.
“The potato grew well in Irish soil, producing the high yields that small-pot tenant farmers needed to feed their families and pay their rent”(Michael 1). During the potato famine the farmlands in Ireland were rotting away due to the blight. “Beginning with 1847, the potato blight left famine and death on every hand; emigration was excessive, and disaffection widespread, yet the British government did little to relieve the deplorable conditions. Goaded by almost unbearable economic distress, the young Irelanders decided to act”(Walker, 2) This led to poverty, migration and even death( how many people). People in Ireland were forced out of there homes to other countries because of the horrible natural resources.
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When the potato famine hit Ireland in the mid 1840s many people immigrated to New York where they were discriminated against and unable to find jobs because of their Catholic beliefs. The Irish faced many hardships in Ireland, and even more when they landed in America. Life in Ireland was very tough during the potato famine. They were under British control, and their crops were dying. The Irish people were very poor during this time.
Although this group’s emigration intensified during that period, their presence in the United States dates from the 17th century and earlier. Several conditions drove the Irish to leave their homes with the interest of pursuing a better life. The Irish began to leave their country after the Great Potato Famine, which caused massive starvation and diseases among the people in Ireland (Quigley). Consequently, the Irish population decreased about 20-25% due to mortality from hunger and immigration. These people accused the Great British Union for all the disgrace and abandonment, creating big resentment against them and their political influence over them.
The Transcontinental Railroad was completed by the continuous harsh labor that was done by Irish immigrants. The Eastern half was largely built by Irish men that were hired by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The chance to make a life and put some money in their pockets was an attractive situation for struggling Irish immigrants. The inevitable factor for Irish immigrants to leave their homeland was the effects of famine that was occurring among the rural population of Ireland. Ireland depended heavily on potato crops, but as the crops failed they diminished the hopes of surviva... ... middle of paper ... ...tir.