Virtually Slaves | The SandPaper


Gail Travers
September 16, 2020

To the Editor:
Jim Eller’s SpeakEasy column, “We Shall Get over Racism Someday” (9/2), led me to glimpse at my Irish historical past guides.
In the 1600s, Eire was not a free of charge country. Penal legal guidelines were so critical (stopping Catholic worship and education and learning, in addition to not proudly owning home) that the Irish have been almost slaves in their very own country. At that time men and women may well have fled to The us. In 1845 and for a few several years following, the Irish men and women experienced the famine. This devastation depleted the population by pretty much half.
The majority of emigrants came from the farms and did not have specialized expertise but could not endure beneath the severe English handling of the famine. They fled Ireland or died in a workhouse.
By 1922 Ireland was a totally free place providing all the option to understand abilities and be educated. My father was a person of individuals Irish guys who was qualified to be a carpenter and later on opened a developing business enterprise.
Bernadette Callanan   
Beach front Haven Gardens

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