Sheamus O'Connor and his family lived in Ireland. They were farmers and were still experiencing the effects of the Potatoe Famine from decades before. They were poor and hungry.
They decide to meet with family in Boston. Heartbroken to leave their home and friends, they packed their bags.
They spent 4 weeks on a cramped ship. The smell of seasick and unwashed people was awful. Sheamus couldn't wait to arrive to his new home in Boston. He shared stories with the other travelers about his high hopes of life in America.
The O'Connors arrived in the Port of Boston, greeted by Sheamus' uncle who took them to their new home. A one bedroom apartment in a packed building. It was loud, dirty and filled with aggressive drunks.
Boston natives were not welcoming. Sheamus could only find friendship in fellow Irish Immigrants. His father couldn't find work. Many businesses had signs that said NINA, No Irish Need Apply. His mother found work as a steamstress. It paid very little. Life was just as rough as it was in Ireland.
Sheamus' Dad began to change his accent so he could get a job. He finally did as a laborer for 75 cents a day. Sheamus, too, adopted a more American accent and found a job in a deli.
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