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Presentation Immigration and Relocation in U.S. History

Irish Contributions to the American Culture

Mother Jones

The Irish immigrants who entered the United States from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries were changed by America, and also changed this nation. They and their descendants made incalculable contributions in politics, industry, organized labor, religion, literature, music, and art.

For instance, Mary Harris, later known as Mother Jones, committed more than fifty years of her life to unionizing workers in various occupations throughout the country. Her dedicated effort resulted in arrests, personal attacks, and many hardships but she also earned audiences with United States presidents from McKinley to Coolidge.

Among the early immigrants to the United States, the Irish Americans can be found throughout the nation in all walks of life, and many still retain pride and identity in their Irish heritage.


Portrait of Eugene O'Neill