Dispossession Before Immigration, A Description of an Irish Peasant Family Being Evicted

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Pat Young

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Immigration has both push and pull factors. The pull of jobs in the United States was often combined with the push of poverty and oppression in the homeland. This story from the leading Unitarian newspaper describes the eviction of an Irish peasant family from land owned by an absentee English landlord. This incident is half-a-decade before the Famine and it would be repeated tens of thousands of times. Some would die soon after dispossession, but hundreds of thousands would emmigrate.

Christian Register
Saturday, Aug 03, 1839
Boston, MA
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JPK Huson 1863

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Read an account from ( I think ) the turn of last century where an elderly couple were evicted from the same set up. Not just evicted, they were sent to separate poor houses- one housed women, the other men so these folks couldn't even stay together.

It's not politics or modern because these stories aren't on anyone's radar as far as a fix anyway, to say this stuff hasn't gone anywhere.
 
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