Irish Discrimination In America

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Throughout the years of American history there has been an abundance of groups that have decided to immigrate to the United States from other countries. The Irish people, Italian and Jewish groups of people departed from their country and moved to have their chance to experience the “American Dream.” These groups moved over and experienced a numerous amounts of stereotypes, discrimination, and finally assimilating into American culture.
The Irish people came to the United States to attempt to start a new life and attempt to succeed. Once arrived, the Irish lived in ethnic enclaves that contained a lot of Irish individuals because they could continue to practice their culture and be amongst individuals whom they were familiar to. Based of their …show more content…

The NINA, No Irish Need Apply, was put in place to discriminate Irish against receiving employment. Signs were put up that said “Help Wanted: No Irish Need Apply,” this forced most Irish individuals to work in unskilled jobs because the skilled jobs did not want to hire Irish because they were Irish. After nearly 40 years of Irish hate, they finally assimilated into society. The Irish integrated mostly because the WASPs changed their views about the Irish. A wave of “new immigrants” came to the Untied States such as Darker-Skinned and Jewish and Irish became the “old immigrants.” They also lost their Gaelic accents and changed their last name from traditional Irish last names into everyday American last names. Finally, the Irish completed the process of full assimilation with the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States and the first Catholic and Irish President. Today the Irish are an everyday part of American society and are not attacked …show more content…

Over time, Italians found a way to assimilate into American society because of their participation in World War II, nativists accepting Italian lifestyle, and Italians breaking apart of the Italian ethnic enclave. The biased actions that businesses owners took against Italian immigrants in the workplace were based primarily on the wages that workers made. The average that an Italian immigrant made a day was $1.25 and the nativist worker made $1.50. The difference between what the Italian worker and the Caucasian worker made is extremely important in explaining the discrimination that the Italians underwent. Additionally, the Italian faced extremely dangerous conditions in the factory. Italians worked in gruesome “sweat shops” that were detrimental towards the workers. The immigrants were supplied with horrendous materials that would lead to people loosing their arms and legs. Tuberculosis was passed around the factory and killed an abundance of workers. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is a prime example of how the workshop setting is very discriminatory towards Italian immigrants. When World War I broke out, Italians faced the harsh suspicions of being spies for Italy in the war. The federal government targeted Nicola Sacco and Bartolommeo Vanzetti of helping the Italians. Sacco and Vanzetti were used as scapegoats to

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