The Experience of the Irish Immigrant in America. The perseverance of the Irish in the search for a better life of liberty, opportunity, and equality. Colonial America. Irish population in America was second in number only to the English Most early immigrants were of “Scotch-Irish” origins
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The perseverance of the Irish in the search for a better life of liberty, opportunity, and equality
Became a powerful political force
Huge numbers lived in U.S. cities
Excellent organizational ability
Transformed politics in cities
Put power in the hands of men of working class origin
Political machines built on loyalty to the individual and the organization
Influence resulted in increased power for the Democratic Party as well as the Catholic ChurchIrish Political Influence
New York State Assembly
attempted to force “genteel”
behavior on the Irish
(answered only to state assembly)
saloons, limited the amount a person could drink, and closed all saloons on Sundays
The Irish immigrants changed America, just as they were changed by it. They have been coming since before the United States was founded and have assimilated into its mainstream. Their achievements and contributions have been great in spite of great adversity. Yet, they still retain pride and identity in their Irish heritage.