Good morning, everybody. KK and I published another one of our Flashback Track Friday prompt questions, this week a favourite of mine by The Pogues. Care to take part?
In what started as a trickle, successive crop failures in 1840s Ireland (the Great Famine) led to an avalanche of emigration. A frequent destination was the east coast of the Americas – New York and Boston were favourite objectives, but Canada and the Carolinas were also popular. Most of these emigrants were unskilled agricultural labour, as you would expect for the era.
Immigration continued in the decades after the famine. it didn’t peak until around 1890 and continued until a tightening of US laws in the 1920s.
Thinking particularly of the US, now, at immigration’s…
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