Those Facts Can be Troublesome

Aug 7, 2019 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

We hear a lot of talk nowadays, but one often wonders about the truth, the data, the evidence, the facts- and those facts can be problematic.

Today we are going to look at a bit of a debate between an 8th grade girl ( now in high school ) and a college Professor-regarding signs such as ” No Irish Need Apply”. Now, I am not a historian, but I have heard all kinds of stories about the Irish being discriminated against- perhaps some day I will write a book about what the Irish experienced back during the days of the “potato famine”.  I really cannot speak on behalf of ALL the people of Ireland or ALL the people who came to America, but I am willing to bet that these individuals who did come to the United States were very appreciative of the opportunity to work. 

 But I digress. Some 14 year old girl decided to do some fact checking- some examination of past pictures and history books- and ascertained that there were in fact numerous signs, indicating that Irish were not welcome to apply for various jobs. 

Historians can look to see what those reasons were for the posting of these signs. 

Historians should look at all people who came to the country legally and sought work- and how they contributed to the country. And yes, they experienced some challenges and difficulties and persevered. 

Part of this commentary is about a 14 year old girl doing her research as we say- and setting the record straight- and oftentimes we do need the record and the facts correct.   The University of Illinois professor acknowledged the facts and for this, he should be recognized. But the real hero of the story is this girl who used good thinking, good research and insight to get to the truth of the matter.

For those interested in an investigation that set the record straight- go to the link provided. 

Teen Schools Professor on “No Irish Need Apply” Signs | Smart News | Smithsonian Armed with a Google search and a theory, a 14-year-old enters the fray on a longstanding historical deba
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