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Irish Americans, especially those who arrived in ____________ U.S. in the 1840s, ____________ ____________ to overcome much suffering. The Great Potato Famine of 1845-49 claimed the lives of 1 ____________ Irish back ____________ the Isle of Erin (Ireland is ____________ called Eire). To escape starvation, those ____________ could immigrated to America. Most of ____________ Irish who ____________ ____________ the U.S. during this period arrived with little education and few ____________ possessions. As a result, they encountered poverty and discrimination. Most were Catholics and also suffered because of longstanding prejudices against their religion. But Irish Americans showed their strength and courage.
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