Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Immigration during the first five years of the 1850s reached a level five times greater than a decade earlier. Most of the new arrivals were poor Catholic peasants or laborers from Ireland and Germany who crowded into the tenements of large cities. Crime and welfare costs soared. Cincinnati's crime rate, for example, tripled between 1846 and 1853 and its murder rate increased sevenfold. Boston's expenditures for poor relief rose threefold during the same period.
— James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom

Some of my fellow Irish-Americans seem to have forgotten where we came from. I haven't.

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1 comment:

  1. I remember mine (ach, dang puns!) https://rohrbachlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/miners.jpg

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