William Jude was born on the 10th of December, 1805, in Ireland. He later relocated to the United States of America. This was in line with the many immigrants who were out to find a better life in the United States of America. This would not be the case in the end, as his dreams never came to pass. He was forced to engage in very heavy tasks but could be paid low wages. With the kind of families they had to take care of, he had no other option rather than giving in to any simple work that came his way (Ruff 56).
Society is built on many factors. The link between the reality that exists and what people perceive forms a great point of analysis in any works of art. Life was not very easy for the Irish immigrants. Once they arrived in US, most of the Irish immigrants decided to keep on staying in all the port cities that could make them comfortable. The kind of life that they lived was unhealthy and made most of them extremely sick and also weak. This was due to the lack of food and also the many rigors of their long journey to the United States. Basing on the fact that they had little money, and also had no concrete option at their disposal than remaining in those seaports, it made them really stick to those premises. Other groups ended up mistrusting farming since their lands had caused very many problems in the nation of Ireland and also did not want to eventually move to other less populated farm endowed areas. With the so many newly and expected arriving immigrants deemed crowded together, signs of limited job opportunities and also terrible living conditions were apparent.
People were totally crowded into small rooms whereby the rooms could host a whole family. The houses had unique features as their backs were no as being wooden hovels which clearly rented for a given figure of $3 a month. Many of the tenements never have any indoor plumbing or even running water. All the sewage collected in the outhouses and also rats were very prevalent, carrying and also spreading diseases, often to their children. There were also some epidemics like typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera, and also pneumonia throughout the East Coast cities. The lives were not bearable mainly because they were not natives and they were being faced with issues of adapting to that environment (Philip 47).
When those newly arriving immigrants from Ireland kept on looking for work, they eventually found only the existing lowest unskilled jobs that were apparently available to them, at that moment. Men were always hired for the low-paying tasks, physically demanding and also extremely dangerous work. The wages that were paid for the unskilled jobs in the 1840s were deemed to be fewer than 75 cents per day for the 10-12 hours that were allocated for the work. The men were charged with the responsibility to build canals, streets, houses and even sewer systems. They could only be allocated any simple and well paying jobs. This was on the basis of the qualifications they held. That could also involve a lot of technical training and assessments to the citizens of the US, and the taxpayer.
Irish women, on the other hand, like the Irish men, also could only find low-paying and very unskilled jobs in their calling. There were only two main types of pure work that was available for the Irish women; domestic servants and factory work. The domestic work was totally secure and also dependable and was never seasonable. However, their work was very tiring and also strenuous. This, coupled with the kind of life they lived, made their health deteriorate on a daily basis. Women could be found working in factories but considered that work as extremely dirty, very low-paying and also dangerous. In the city of Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia in 1833, most of the Irish women who were working in line with making cotton shirts were evidently on piecework of a system. Their pay was extremely to the low of 6-10 cents a shirt and even worked to the tune of 13-14 hours on every day (Philip 54).
Technology has taken a long time to evolve. The literacy rates that have always been rising and the fact that more people had also readily available personal texts, made it worse for survival. The first invention of the renowned printing press eventually led to the influx of many printed material, shockingly much of this dealt with a lot of politics. All the books, pamphlets, and also almanacs were applied in the event of expressing their political ideas of all the day to day many politicians. One major reason that the given the Stamp Act went on to spur such a given furor in the many colonies was mainly because printing technology-and also thus print itself-had, in all terms, by then taken over as a very central system to the colonial life. Mercantilism emerged as an essential part of the colonial society. There was a lot of demand for most of the imported goods and t made the market bloom. England resolved to pass the Navigation Acts which in turn limited all the Colonies in line with trading with their outside sources (Leyburn 226). Internet is the first group having enormous influence in technology. It has changed how people communicate, when they talk, where they relate from and the frequency at which they do so. The Internet allows for globalization, interconnection and sharing of information. It has made the community a place worth living. We can handle tasks at ease, faster, and with less interference. We are heading in the right direction.
There existed deep prejudice that was against the Irish-Americans during that time. This was because there were many more immigrants who decided to go to the United States. The reception they received on the other side was not hospitable. This made them feel out of place and completely unwanted at that place. Many Americans looked at the Irish people as very dirty, stupid and also lazy. The newspapers spearheaded the discrimination as the cartoonists went on to contribute to this tainting image by always drawing Irishmen as creatures who resembled apes with jaws that were jutting and also sloping forehead.
The American citizens also resolved to blame all the Irish immigrants in line with the harsh economic times of that time. They clearly felt that all the great numbers that were brought about by Irish workers were out to make Americans fall out of jobs or eventually earn extremely lower wages. President Wilson issued close to twelve regulations for foreign treatment in the same time the congress declared a state of war. Alien enemies did not have permission to own any firearms or aircrafts. They could not divulge any “attack” upon branches of the government. They could not stay in areas that the president did stop. Alien enemies could not leave U.S without permission. Aliens were under control of travelling by air. The federal government intruded upon the right of dessent. The radical division of labor was under attention by the government because of many reasons. An example being, it has been a successful in the start decades of the twentieth century. Some leading communist and leaders believed the war did exist primarily for capitalism and not for hostility towards foreign workers (Dolan 27).
Health care is an area that the Irish had hard time to achieve and venture in. The most compelling issue is the development of vaccinations that have been occurring in the recent times. They serve to prevent people from contracting diseases. In previous years, as documented earlier, people died from epidemics such as Tuberculosis, Yellow fever and Cholera. They did not receive medication for them. Contaminated water, lack of adequate patients’ care and sewage disposal were the main causes of these epidemics. The development of programs institutions such as the Center for Control of Disease and its Prevention has aided people. This century has appreciated vaccinations for these diseases. The causes of deaths have shifted to different accidents since most diseases have vaccinations to prevent their occurrence. There are also guidelines at health care centers that help people live healthier lives. Health care information is necessary. People experience emergencies that they want to listen to instantly. Despite the difference in health care needs, first hand information is essential. This information can be found in libraries at the local areas. These, however, may limit one on the extent of their coverage. They may also have outdated news. An increase in the availability of computers within homes, schools and even libraries elicits research on sources of information about health care. People can now use the internet to determine the best health care services that do exist. There are also guidelines given and blogs on living a healthy life (Dolan 27).
Religion and Morality was also core to the prosperity of any given nation. While discussing social issues, this referring to them as indispensable supports of any society and the greatest pillars to realization of human happiness. The Irish people had many issues that in line with this, further to state that religion could not be divorced, at any instance, from public and also private morality. To them, the denting fact that the nation’s Constitution forbade any establishment of one religion could not preclude, on any grounds, the crucial role that it should play in public life. This is still evident in today’s life as many religions do exist but there is generally respect to worship of God. Despite the fact that they did not have the freedom that they needed to fully express their right to worship, they managed to secure hidden entities and fulfill their desires.
The lives that William Jude and fellow Irish immigrants lived were not adorable. They underwent a lot of torture under the hands of the Americans. The civilization levels were extremely low, to even handle the kind of issues that prevailed at that time. Times have passed and things have changed. There is advancement in technology and the society values working together for the betterment of all.