Topic ID #12556 - posted 6/25/2011 1:48 AM

Hidden Lives of Baltimore's Irish Immigrants Unearthed for First Time



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Hidden Lives of Baltimore's Irish Immigrants Unearthed for First Time

ScienceDaily (June 24, 2011) — An archaeological team from the University of Maryland is unearthing a unique picture of the Baltimore-area's early Irish immigrants -- of city children taught to read and write at home before widespread public education and child labor laws, as well as insular rural residents who resisted assimilation for one hundred years.

The excavation in the city represents the first formal archaeological research to focus on Baltimore's early Irish settlement and labor force.

"Behind the closed doors of their modest Baltimore homes, beyond the view of their bosses, these unskilled railroad workers maintained a rich social, religious and family life," says University of Maryland archaeologist Stephen Brighton, whose students just finished digging in the backyards of 19th century Baltimore immigrants.


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