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Introduction

The Irish Immigrant Perspective

Between 1845 and 1850, more than a million Irish people starved to death while massive quantities of food were being exported from their country. A half million Irish were evicted from their homes during the potato blight, and a million and a half emigrated to America. 'Emigrant arrival at Constitution Wharf, Boston' by Winslow Homer from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, October 31, 1857.  Image courtesy of Boston Public Library Print Room.

Imagine you are an immigrant who arrived in America. Irish immigrants were attracted to the large northeastern cities like Boston and were desperate intending to send money back home to their loved ones. Many of these immigrants lost track of other loved ones that also took the journey to America and used the Boston Pilot newspaper to find this person. This newspaper was based in Boston but distributed around the world.

As a newly armed immigrant what will happen to you in the New World?

Image: 'Emigrant arrival at Constitution Wharf, Boston' by Winslow Homer
from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, October 31, 1857.
Image courtesy of the Boston Public Library Print Room.