After completing this lesson, you should have a better understanding of how nativist Americans viewed Irish-immigration in the 1840's and 1850's. Many of these nativists feared the changes that could and did happen with the Irish coming to America.

You should also better understand the reasons behind the Temperance movement and some of the legislation that happened because of this movement.

In addition, you will have learned how to peruse historical, primary source documents to search for information that may not be visible on the literal surface of one's writing.