When the Irish Refugees Came to Maine

Poverty, Discrimination & Bitter Struggle,” The Free Press, March 12, 2015. “But it’s the Irish who made up the largest mass migration of refugees the state has ever seen. Escaping famine and oppression by a tyrannical colonial power, the Irish arrived weak from hunger and often with disease. They were seen as ‘clannish,’ ‘superstitious,’ and beyond hope of assimilation. They endured backbreaking labor as well as political and religious persecution on the streets of many Maine towns…