What groups of Irish made up the first Irish Immigrants and what was their role in early American society?
The first group to immigrate to America from Ireland was the Scotch-Irish (ethnic Scots colonists in Ireland) in the 1700's. These Scotch-Irish where predominantly Presbyterian's who left for a better life from the discrimination of the Church of Ireland which tightly controlled the island as well as for economic reasons..
These Scotch-Irish form the backbone of American society, with many famous Americans such as Davy Crockett, Dolly Parton, and at least a quarter of US Presidents (Bill Clinton, Ulysses Grant, Theodore Roosevelt amongst others) having Scotch-Irish roots.
These same Scotch-Irish became great pioneers taming Appalachia and west. They contributed greatly to George Washington's side in the American War of Independence and also to both sides in the American Civil War.
The Seal of the United States, the draft of the Declaration of Independence, alongside many other things that are quintessential to American heritage where done by Scotch-Irish.
Blue-grass music was also developed by these people which later progressed into country music.
Even the term red-neck can be attributed to them, with it arising from the Presbyterian's in the southern states use of a red scarf around their neck to protect it from the sun.
They helped create Canada. Some of our Fathers of Confederation were Irish, most famously DArcy Mcgee, our first politician to be assassinated by the Americans, or as they prefer by an American, actually they prefer if we say by an Irish man who just happened to be American but that is another answer. The Irish were also one of the groups that built the railways in Canada, including the railway to the West Coast. They…
The Ancient order of Hibernians, a semi-secret society founded in Ireland to fight rapacious, land lords, served in America as a benevolent society, aiding the downtrodden. Kennedy, David. "Forging the National Economy, 1709-1860." The American Pageant Volume Fourteen. AP* Edition ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 311. Print.
What is the most accurate description of the way minority groups historically have been treated in the US?
Historically, minority groups have been treated harshly in the United States when they first begin to arrive. In the 1800's and into the 1900's Irish Immigrants came to the United States. They were looked upon as dirty, worthless, and Un-American. However, as the Irish began to immerse themselves into the American culture, they became accepted. It may take many years for minority groups to be accepted because they are not viewed as true "americans". However…
Kevin J. Rich has written: 'Irish immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank' -- subject(s): Genealogy, Emigration and immigration, History, Irish Americans, Irish, Immigrants, Records and correspondence, Banks and banking 'Irish immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank' -- subject(s): Irish Americans, Irish, Immigrants, Genealogy, Records and correspondence, Emigration and immigration, Banks and banking, History 'Irish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank - Volume III'
Depends on how early your talking about. Before the 1920's women, African Americans, Irish, Italians, immigrants, Native Americans, and many other racial groups did not have equal rights and freedoms. Some of the mentioned groups may have had equal rights and freedoms lawfully, but in society were frowned upon and denied the rights and freedoms they were supposed to have. Women gained the right to vote in the 1920's making them more equal to the…