Irish Reflections on Cultural Backgrounds

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Irish Reflections and Cultural Backgrounds 1 Irish Reflections on Cultural Backgrounds ETH 125 June 21, 2010
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Irish Reflections and Cultural Backgrounds 2 When I started this assignment all I knew was I, was white. I did some research and discovered that I am Irish and Cherokee Indian with a little but of English in me. I have decided to write my essay on my Irish ethnic origin because I to learn more about it. The Irish began to migrate around the 1820s. About five million Irish first migrated to the United States. The Irish made up almost half of all immigrants in the United States in the 1840s and one-third in the 1950s. Between 1846 and 1855, because of repeated massive failures of the potato crop, the Irish population declined by one-third. More than one million people died of starvation and famine- related diseases and another 1.5 million fled to the United States. The Irish immigrants if this famine era were the most disadvantaged the United States has ever seen. Most of the immigrants moved to New York City. Some of the poorest lived in the Five Points district of lower Manhattan in New York City. The poor Irish lived in basements, cellars, and one room apartments lacking natural light and ventilation and redolently flooded with sewage (Kenny, 2008, par. 1-3).
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Irish Reflections and Cultural Backgrounds 3 Anti-Irish racism in Victorian Britain and the 19th century United States included the stereotyping the Irish as alcoholics, and implications that they monopolized certain (usually low-paying) job markets. Similar to other
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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