The Irish Potato Famine also called Great Famine, Great Irish Famine, or Famine of 1945-52, was an interval of disease, mass starvation, and emigration in Ireland. It was a substantial turning point in Ireland’s history according to historians. It created a great deal of suffering for the people of Ireland. It resulted in a great number of deaths and a historic emigration caused by potato
The Irish were at Louisbourg and at the founding of Halifax, and many Irish were employed in the summer fishery along the province's Atlantic coastline that was known to them for centuries as Talimh An Eisc ('The Land of the Fish'). In most communities, the Irish were the first settlers in this province, however the majority of Irish settlers came to Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s or between 1815 and 1845. The Irish came to Nova Scotia because Ireland was mainly a country of farmers and labourers, with an economy that depended on Great Britain. These reasons, plus the idea of owning their own land in North America, led many Irish to emigrate, particularly from the northern counties of Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone and Antrim. Soon other Irish settlers came joined by others who had previously emigrated from Northern Ireland and were living in New Hampshire.
Intro In the period from the 1641 until 1692, Ireland was plagued with continuous political conflict, rebellions, violence and civil warfare. This period of Irish history was driven by violence as it was prevalent throughout the whole country and it is the defining theme of that fifty-year span. What sparked off the violence, that prevailed for just over half a century, was the 1641 Rebellion which began because of fear of civil war on both sides of the religious divide. Oliver Cromwell was sent to Ireland to crush the rebellion and this lead to harsh and drastic changes both in Ireland and in England. In England these changes were political, and in Ireland the changes affected all aspects, including increased unrest.
With Irish slave owners beginning to abduct and obtain people as not just retaliatory means against the Scandinavian forces but also other Irish, not just for personal slavery but for sale as well. With several events where Irish clans would take hundreds of slaves, such as Uí Néill who captured as many as “twelve hundred” in a raid in 1031 and Ardgar mac Lochlainn in 1059 and 1062 taking 200 and 1,000 captives, respectively. This Irish slave trade developed further in the 11th century when Viking raids declined, probably due to peaceful Viking settlement in Dublin and as peaceful slave trade began. It is even suggested that the Irish slave trade became incredibly large and even contributed massively to the Scandinavian slave trade, with most of the captives from Irish-on-Irish raids being directly funnelled into the Scandinavian slave trade in Dublin. Eventually, the Irish slave trade succeeded the established Viking slave trade in the 11th century, as evident from the evolution of the Viking, followed by Irish raids.
The Irish in America: Alienation and Assimilation Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the greatest wave of Irish immigrants made a transatlantic journey to America in the hopes of starting a successful life abroad. The post-famine era brought not only physical change as mass exodus occurred, but also social, economic, and political change that had never before been observed. Colonial, Pre-famine, famine, and post-famine immigrants all made the same journey with comparable intents of improving their socio-economic standings. However, the attitude and demographic of post-famine individuals differed in that they were all self-determined and self-sufficient individuals, whereas the majority of pre-famine and
Introduction For generations Ireland has been more widely known for its Emigration rather than Immigration. This emigration was the result of lack of employment prevailing in the Country at the time. Mainly from rural areas, where due to the absence of a social welfare "safety net", it wasn't a matter of choice. Families couldn't afford to feed and clothe all their members. So it was normal for the eldest son to remain, while the others Emigrated.
I believe that so many colonists died because of the environment, the relationship between the colonists and Indians , and above all the colonists’ poor choices. The colonists did not choose to have a drought but instead of staying in Jamestown so long, the colonists could have moved. Instead of taking the Indian territory, the colonists could have landed somewhere else. And instead of making all of those poor choices, they could have made better decisions, but they did not. But even though the colonists made bad choices, they made us who we are as Americans today.
In “Gone to America: Anti-Irish Sentiment” The History Place tells of the difficulties and racism that the Irish faced as they immigrated to the United States in search of a living for themselves and their families. To begin, the author illustrates how many Irish were actually coming over from Ireland fleeing persecution and famine; they make up the majority of immigrants in the United States during the mid-1800’s, and, additionally, alludes to the swells of Irish arriving in the cities. Furthermore, the author continues to illustrate how the Irish tended to stay in close knit communities much like they had at home; this was partly due to the poverty of the Irish as well, the author states. The author states the differences between the Irish at home and the Irish
Many Scotch-Irish joined the mass migrations to this New World in response to the Potato Famine of the 1840s. As many immigrants are known for, the Scotch-Irish faced intolerable conditions in their homeland. These conditions were economical as well as cultural, and so they escaped the punishing conditions by traveling to the land of the free, America. It is understandable then as to why
In fact, as in various other consumerist societies, there was a growing interest in folk music in Ireland. Traditional music had always existed in the country but the way people made use of it changed. It came to be a good for consumption and amongst the most popular artists were The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners and Seán Ó Ríada [Tobin 17]. The success of this phenomenon, just as that of other similar ones, is symptomatic of the existence of a “gap between the official image of Irish people and the reality.” [Tobin 67]. If even the most “sacred” aspects of Irish tradition and identity were exploited for commercial purposes and with positive responses by people, it meant that the way the Irish saw themselves was