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Irish Personalities Lead the Battle Cry for Better Working Conditions

The Irish in Mining
Ireland - 1800's

The history of Irish immigration to America is not the familiar fairy tale of poor immigrants finding success and prosperity in a new land. Rather, it is a more realistic one of a people forced to battle prejudice and economic oppression to carve their own niche in their new home.

From the period of their earliest migration to America, the Irish found a land brimming with both promise and prejudice. Their determination to fight for their rights and better conditions matched the American spirit of independence, yet sometimes intimidated traditional Americans who were still adjusting to the diversity that the nation would one day embrace.

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