The Potato Famine's Irish Immigration Wave To America
In the mid 19th century, millions of immigrants poured into America, fleeing literal starvation. As is often the case, Americans then bemoaned the massive influx of foreigners, who they labeled as criminals and rapists. It’s an often-repeated story that polarizes citizens who either want to help “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and those concerned with their way of life becoming upended by so many refugees.
In the 1840s, nearly two million Irish people migrated to the United States. (getty)
In this case, it was the Irish escaping their British overlords. Boxed into tiny plots and forced to live off a diet of potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes, the Irish looked for greener pastures and moved en masse to the land of opportunity.
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