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The Irish Potato Famine
In the mid-1800s, more than 4,000,000 immigrants crossed the Atlantic Ocean with the intention of settling in the U.S., many fleeing due to political troubles. More than 3,000,000 of them were from Ireland and Germany.
During the mid-1840s, a disease that rots potatoes left many Irish families without food. More than 1,000,000 people were killed from starvation and disease, and even more fled to the U.S. Most Irish immigrants were poor and had to live in poverty. They worked at unskilled jobs or built canals and railroads. Irish women worked as domestic servants for wealthy families. But even in these conditions, many immigrants enjoyed the new feeling of equality.
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