Irish Influence on America

October 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm 5 comments

Irish Influence on America

Irish influence on religion in America was not really heavy because the Irish were both of catholic and of protestant belief. Many of the Irish immigrants that came over in 1700 were both. They were both relatively balanced in their beliefs on religion, so this did not have a major impact on religion in America. At this time, the new Protestants and Catholics just added to the conflicts that were already going on at the time. The biggest influence was the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish did not play a huge role in the way of a political or government influence on America, but the Irish originally left Ireland to get away from the English “Dictatorship.”  The Irish wanted more political freedom so what better country to come to than America. A major food influence in America at the time was corn beef.  With that dish, the Irish also brought cabbage with them.  For family structure, the Irish held the father responsible for the families well being and the way that the children were raised.  In the colonies, children were seen as a source of labor and the parents could decide the child’s future.  A result of this, there was no protection for the child even if the father was abusive.  As far as we can tell the cities with the most male Irish immigrants were New York/Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Boston by 1890.   

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dwood07022013  |  October 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    It is interesting that our land is so diverse in the people that we celebrate holidays and traditions from all over the world such as St. Patrick’s Day.

  • 2. monguinhandel  |  October 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    It’s kind of weird that there was no protection for the children

    • 3. vebramos  |  October 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Though we see these things as harsh in our society,
      it does explain why in other cultures kids have more respect for their parents and elders in general. I am not saying that some American children don’t respect their parents. It appears that we as children (still) take a lot of things for granted and expect things to be given to us on a silver platter unlike say a child in Africa or even some places in Europe.

  • 4. ieramos  |  October 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Didn’t the Irish fight for there independence with terrorist attacks against Great Britain? Or no?

    • 5. vebramos  |  November 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      uhhhhh not to my knowing? this post is like a month old?


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