The Irish Immigration Essay

1246 words - 5 pages

The Irish Immigration
Dharma Postal
ETH/125
08-20-2011
Josephine Ellsworth

The Irish Immigrants

In the past Irish immigrants have had to deal with racism, discrimination, and prejudice views from others. Due to a major famine in their home country of Ireland it caused the biggest push, to move to the United States. From the very beginning of their arrival on American soil, the Irish have had to deal with segregation and discrimination. Some of the discrimination that they were subjected to was dual labor, institutional, redlining, double jeopardy, and glass ceilings (Daw 2011). The Irish immigrants faced hardships in their migration and many years of hardship in America until ...view middle of the document...

Segregation occurred soon after their arrival. According to Irish Immigrants in America during the 19th Century (2011), “hundreds of runners, usually large greedy men, swarmed abroad the ship grabbing immigrants and their bags trying to force them to their favorite tenement house and then exact an outrageous fee for their services.” Irish immigrants were poor and had no choice but to live in almshouses set aside for them. These slums brought about problems for the Irish people because of overcrowding in the small areas, disease and crime was abundant due to the unfair treatment of the immigrants (Daw 2011).
Immediate segregation from the American people was only the beginning of the problems the Irish immigrants faced. They would soon be faced with prejudice and race issues (Daw 2011). The Irish were poor and would accept hard labor jobs, and the citizens of the U.S. would find themselves competing for jobs with them. Local businesses started to reject the Irish, and began placing signs in their windows, and in local job listings, which said “NO Irish Need Apply” (Daw 2011). In addition to labor, prejudice against their religion was prominent among the American people toward the Irish and their Catholic belief. The American people hated the Irish for their religion and the way they were. They were often considered to be “poor, dirty, criminals, and thieves.” (Paul 2011).
Separation of the Irish in the job market was very apparent. So, in fact they suffered from dual labor market discrimination. The Irish were only able to obtain the lowest paying jobs that most Americans rejected and the unskilled jobs that were available to them (Daw 2011). Most Irish men worked for labor gangs, this was a group of people who worked together to complete railroads, and mining (Daw 2011). Women were subjected to servant work, such as “chamber maids, cooks, and the caretakers of children.” These were jobs fit for servants and were rejected by Americans (Irish Immigrants in America during the 19th Century 2011). Unfortunately, just because they were Irish they were victims of dual labor market discrimination.
Due to their race and were they came from, the Irish were denied opportunities. As a group they dealt with intuitional discrimination. They did not receive the same education, job opportunities, and living standards that average Americans enjoyed (Daw 2011). Irish were not considered for the better paying jobs, and a higher education was out of the question for them. The type of living conditions in which they were forced to live in was considered to be slums. The landlords would charge them top dollar, and refused to improve the conditions in which they lived (Daw 2011). However, fortunately for the Irish, institutional discrimination was not something that they had to go through for long. Because the Irish were hardworking,...

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