The Irish Immigration With The Great Wave

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Many immigrants of the infamous Great Wave of the late 19th and early 20th century expected great things in the land they heard of called the United States of America. They were told words like prosperity, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. With the large sum of migrants from Ireland, they were fleeing from something much greater. The Irish ventured westward hoping for better, fertile land and country leadership. Some achieved this, but it took much more heart than originally expected. The Irish immigration with the Great Wave played a crucial role in defining the American prosperity in the early stages of the labor movement due to their will to work hard, Catholic background, and being well versed in multiple areas of labor. The Irish people left their homeland with a set purpose in mind. They left for something better. They left to see a better day without their crops failing to see the next day. Life was too miserable to bear for the Irish natives. This was due to a great famine that later that became known as the Great Hunger of 1847. Famines were very common during 19th century rural Ireland, but none like the one at this time. Potatoes were a staple crop, especially in Ireland, but were very vulnerable to disease. Parts of North America and France were faced with blight with the potatoes in 1844. This blight was an airborne fungus entitled Phytophthora Infestans. People had very high expectations for Ireland’s crop in 1845 despite this news heard recently around

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