Irish In America Essay

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To some, the term Irish Americans represents a group who can be found among many other ethnic groups in the United States; however to those members who are Irish-Americans, it shows a group who endured through slavery, torture, starvation, and blood and tears under the control of the British Parliament. This all happened in the 1700s when Poyning’s Law was passed, which allowed British parliament to gain full control on Ireland, separating themselves from England to gain more money. Despite the immense monarchial power of the British, the Irish also faced many natural disasters that became a huge factor for their departure to the United States. Ireland was a place similar to a prison cell for the Irish. Under the control of Britain,…show more content…
The only motive for Britain was to do everything in their power to drive away Irish and Catholics from Ireland and these laws were a great start. The Potato first originated in Peru, and then it was introduced to Ireland in the late sixteenth century. Ever since then it has become a part of an Irish diet. An “average adult male consumed twelve to fourteen pounds of potatoes each day, with women and older children consuming as much as eleven pounds, and children under ten around five pounds.” (Dolan, 69) This was their only food supply, fishing never worked out due to poor boats and equipment. Potatoes became very successful for the Irish during the early 1800’s. “The Napoleonic wars agricultural prices were on the rise as the demand for food increased.” (Dolan, 35) However, through small famines the prices began falling and so did productivity. Due to the lack of productivity and prices dropping, land owners with farms had to evict their tenants, and resort to using cattle. “As many as fifty thousand families, an estimated 250,000 people, were permanently evicted from their
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