The Irish Immigration

The Irish Immigration
Dharma Postal
Josephine Ellsworth

The Irish Immigrants

In the past Irish immigrants have had to deal with racism, discrimination, and prejudice views from others. Due to a major famine in their home country of Ireland it caused the biggest push, to move to the United States. From the very beginning of their arrival on American soil, the Irish have had to deal with segregation and discrimination. Some of the discrimination that they were subjected to was dual labor, institutional, redlining, double jeopardy, and glass ceilings (Daw 2011). The Irish immigrants faced hardships in their migration and many years of hardship in America until they establish acceptance in the United States workforce (Daw 2011), and society.
Many Irish considered leaving Ireland because large areas of their land were under the control of landowners living in England. The Irish were only being paid eight pence a day which was a fifth less than what they would obtain in the United States (U.S).( Irish Immigration 2011). This is when serious consideration for immigration to the U.S. had started. In October of 1845, devastation of the Irish’s potato crops had caused significant problems, such as starvation, typhus, and death. These problems brought death to an estimated 350,000 people (Irish Immigration 2011). This famine, known as the Potato Famine (Daw 2011), was the starting point of the migration to the U.S. and other countries (Irish immigration 2011). According to Irish Immigration 2011, from “1820 to 1920 over 4,400,000 people emigrated from Ireland to the U.S.”
For the Irish going to America it meant escaping “poverty, disease, and English oppression” (Irish Immigrants in America during the 19the Century 2011). Although upon their arrival to the U.S. they were not met with open arms from the American people. The Irish were often laughed at while being unloaded off the ships (Daw 2011). Segregation occurred soon after their...