Irish Immigrants,1840-1920


Discusses the reasons Irish people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes activities.

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Discusses the reasons Irish people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes activities.

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Children's Literature
Forty million Americans have ancestral ties to Ireland. In this book in the "Coming to America" series, children learn about life in Ireland and why and how their ancestors left a beautiful and beloved country for the unknown. The book describes how hard life in Ireland was for the starving peasants and that leaving was hardly easier than staying. The ships carrying them to their new homes were known as famine ships because so many of the passengers were suffering from disease and starvation. Because so many died on the journey, the ships also were called coffin ships. The reader learns what happened when the Irish arrived in America and how they survived the many challenges that confronted them. One page tells about some famous Irish Americans. Activities in the book complement the story. There are directions for planting a small potato crop in a large pot, for baking soda bread and for making a family tree. Also included are a timeline, glossary, bibliography, places to write and visit, Internet sites and an index. Oddly, the timeline uses the date 1922 for Ireland gaining independence from Great Britain while the text gives the date as 1921. 2002, Blue Earth Books/Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Janet Crane Barley AGES: 9 10 11 12
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736807951
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Coming to America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 764,595
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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