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Caroline Kennedy on Immigration

 

 


My family faced painful anti-Irish discrimination

Although we celebrate our heritage as a nation of immigrants, each group faced hostility from those that preceded it, an often organized political resistance. The Know-Nothing Party was founded to incite anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic fears, the Ku Klux Klan terrorized immigrants as well as African Americans. In my own family, anti-Irish discrimination was not a thing of the past but a real and painful fact of life. My grandmother spoke often of the "No Irish Need Apply" signs that were part of her youth. My grandfather achieved financial success only after moving his family to New York in search of opportunity.
Source: A Patriot's Handbook, by Caroline Kennedy, p.498 , Apr 13, 2005

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