Sunday, March 20, 2011

No Irish Need Apply

It's a long-held grievance that Irish were systematically discriminated against in employment in 19th-Century America. A University of Chicago historian, Richard Jensen, has done a long and carefully researched paper indicating that the legend is simply that, a legend, and that Irish did about as well as anyone in similar circumstances. Teddy Kennedy was simply lying when he claimed to remember seeing 'No Irish Need Apply' signs. [It wasn't the only time Teddy lied.] Read the paper here. It's long but worth the trouble.

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