Irish Immigrants In The 1800s

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In the late 1800s, people from other countries across the world choose to leave their homes and move to the United States. United States was seen as the land of economic opportunity at this time because of famine, land and job shortages, and rising taxes in their countries. Many others desired personal freedom or to escape political and religious persecution. Between 1870 and 1900, over 12 million immigrants arrived in hopes of a promising future. The majority of these immigrants were from England, Ireland, and Germany. Immigrants from Europe commonly entered from ports on the East Coast and settled nearby. However, there were a few immigrants who were attracted by lands for farming and moved inland.
During the 1870s and 1880s, many Irish occupied the slums of East Boston, including new immigrants. The Irish began to move up the social ladder and a few were entering the professions. However, the majority of Irish immigrants were still living in poverty in urban slums. Despite this, the Irish were able to elect their candidates and obtain political power in cities with large populations of Irish such as Boston. In addition, successful Irishmen became the ward bosses of the cities and mediated between the political parties and new Irish immigrants.
At noon of September 16, 1893, a cannon’s boom signaled the start of the Oklahoma Land Rush. About 100,000 people using various forms of transportation rushed out to claim plots of land. Unfortunately, many were disappointed with
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