1844 – Irish Catholics in the Kensington area of Philadelphia are attacked by a mob of “Nativists”, a group of virulent anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant activists – American Protestant society at the time.

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots (also known as the Philadelphia Prayer Riots, the Bible Riots and the Native American Riots) were a series of riots that took place between 6-8 May and 6-7 July 1844, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the adjacent districts of Kensington and Southwark. The riots were a result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment at […]

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1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór.

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves. Hannah was built at Norton, New […]

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Dunbrody Details Journey on Irish Coffin Ships

From 1845 to 1851, over 1 million people died as a result of the Great Hunger and another million boarded ships bound for Canada and the United States. Those vessels had anywhere from 160 to over 300 passengers crammed in steerage during the voyage across the Atlantic. These ships became known as “coffin ships” with […]

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1863 – Large numbers of Irish immigrants are involved in Draft Riots in New York.

Most people who are passingly familiar with the Civil War or who have seen the film Gangs of New York likely know that Irish immigrants were the chief culprits in one of the most infamous incidents in that conflict: the New York City Draft Riots. From July 13 to July 16, 1863, mobs of mostly […]

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1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between British-Americans and Irish-Americans.

Boston was a huge seaport, and eventually a melting pot. Irish immigration began in the late 1700s. Many Irish immigrated to Boston during The Great Hunger that occurred between 1845 and 1852 in Ireland. There was a lot of friction between English and Irish Americans, which smoldered in Boston for more than 100 years. This […]

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