Irish Domestic Workers

Irish Domestic Workers “A look ahead; - but not so very far ahead, either!” S.D. Ehrhart, “A look ahead; - but not so very far ahead, either!”, Puck, February 8, 1899. Library of Congress. Irish immigrants started arriving in the United States in large numbers in the 1840s. The main reason for this was the potato famine, which began in Ireland in 1845. It destroyed the dominant food source for most of Ireland’s citizens. It is estimated that nearly one million people died during the famine and another one million emigrated from Ireland. Irish immigrants found plentiful work opportunities and the freedom to practice Catholicism in the United States. However, they still faced discrimination. Many Americans considered the Irish to be low class and uneducated. Political cartoons