Ireland was a place similar to a prison cell for the Irish. Under the control of Britain, Irish were secluded from having any sort of freedom. During the time of the Elizabethan era, plantation was only granted to Protestants loyal to Britain. They were provided with sufficient amount of lands which was rightfully meant to be shared with the Irish and Catholics. The British showed no compassion; with their ruthless hearts they passed unfair laws that were directed towards the Irish and Catholics. In the eyes of British, Irish and Catholics were treated equally. These laws passed by the British were so callous that even being a “Catholic could get a person into trouble, along with keeping the Irish tradition such as speaking Gaelic, Irish song, story, and dance was outlawed.” (O’Reilly, 71) These series of laws passed by the British was known as the Penal Laws, “they effectively prohibited those who were not Anglican protestants –namely, Catholics, and to a lesser extent dissenters from participating in political life.” (O’Reilly, 70) Penal laws prevented any Irish and Catholics from hol...
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... famine, the British government officials came up with a theory which advocated a hand’s off policy in the hopes that everything would be resolved on its own.
Thus, all these actions and natural disasters that happened to the Irish resulted in their migration. Unable to go to the surrounding countries due to the British power, they had to resort going to the United States, the only place that offered complete freedom. In hopes of finding better opportunities “over a million people left Ireland, primarily for economic reasons.” (Dolan, 35) Even with the over-crowded, disease infested ships that went to United States; these desperate Irish people still did anything to escape the power of Great Britain.
Dolan, Jay P. The Irish Americans: a History. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008. Print.
O'Reilly, Eileen. "Modern Ireland An Introductory Survey." Print.
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