Diversity and Global Understanding -- Irish & Dutch Immigration
What were the contributions of the Dutch and Irish immigrants to America by the 1870s? What was the pattern of the Dutch immigration into the new country and what was the pattern of the Irish as they flowed from Great Britain to America? These and other issues will be addressed in this paper.
The Literature on Irish Immigration into America
Where did the Irish settle when they arrived in the New World? Contrary to some historical writing the Irish "…claimed every part of the new continent as their own," from the American South, to the North and the West as well as the East, according to author Janet Nolan (Nolan, 2009, p. 76). What set the initial wave of Irish settlers apart from immigrants from other European countries is that "…at certain times, [Irish] women outnumbered their male counterparts (Nolan, 77)....
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