Leaving the Emerald Isle:Trials and Tribulations of Irish Immigrants in 19th Century Philadelphia
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Event Type: Lecture/Panel Discussion
Topic: 19th Century, Civil Rights, Ethnic History
Guest Speakers Include:
Dr. William Watson
During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices. Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, this panel of experts examines the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society. A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow.