Students explore the issues of Irish immigration and assimilation into American culture through the analysis of 19th century ballads. These songs exemplify major themes of Irish immigration from forced evictions and famine in Ireland to the challenges of finding work and facing discrimination in America. Students are asked to reflect on songs as a means of documenting history and as an expression of group sentiment and opinion.
This project was made possible with generous support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Thank you to the authors, organizations, and web authors who graciously granted us the right to reproduce or link to their material. "Broom, Loom, and Schoolroom: Work and Wages in the Lives of Irish Women." by Hasia R. Diner. In Erin's Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century. pp. 84-94. Baltimore, MD: Reproduced with permission of The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.