INVESTIGATING THE LOSS OF IRISH CULTURE IN MARYLAND USING MATERIAL CULTURE WITH THE APPLICATION OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY
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In 1845, Maryland and the United States encountered an extraordinary influx in population largely due to the arrival of Irish immigrants fleeing Ireland due to the Great Famine. The population of the eastern United States consisted mostly of or descended from individuals and families that once lived under British rule and were exposed to the hate-filled rhetoric. With this influx came a need for housing and jobs which led to the dominant social group white, Anglo-Saxon protestants seizing an opportunity to repress and exploit a group Irish Diasporic for hard cheap labor. Artifacts from three archaeological sites in Baltimore City and County, Maryland were analyzed and interpreted to gain insight on the Irish Diasporic community living in Maryland by utilizing Critical Race Theory and realization. Three specific time periods were designated to show how the dominate group dehumanized and forced the Irish to throw away their material culture to assimilate.