Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Why did the Irish immigrate to the United States during the 1840s and 1850s?

  • England invaded Ireland during the mid-1840s, displacing the Irish population.
  • They fled a famine caused by severe overpopulation and a devastating blight on the potato crop. 
  • The expansion of the industrial revolution displaced Irish workers. 
  • Anti-Catholic violence forced the Irish to flee their homeland.
ANSWER: They fled a famine caused by severe overpopulation and a devastating blight on the potato crop.

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