George Phillips's Life In 19th Century America

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George Phillips was a man who live in the 19th century in the United States. He was an educated man and a farmer in Lawrence New Jersey. He was married and a father of 5 children who varied in age and one died young. Some of his children were grown and helped him run his farm which was his livelihood and main source of income. Mr. Phillips kept a diary from 1850 until 1864 of his life in which he would write out his life essentially day by day. Some days he might just describe the weather often he would discuss what he was doing on his farm and most importantly he would even explain some significant historical subjects that without primary source documentation like his diary historians would only be able to speculate about. However in analyzing …show more content…
When immigrants arrived at the states they would need to find work in order to earn money to be able to hopefully start a new life. During the 19th century America was very well versed in terms of agriculture. Farms were plentiful, they could be a very easy way for these immigrants to pick up work to earn money to survive in their new country. Given the fact that George Phillips owns a farm he would be looking for help to run it as manage a farm is too much for one man be able to do alone, especially as his children grew old and moved out. These two similar but different circumstances would drive something so small like the life of George Phillips and something this major like Irish immigration close enough to have a direct relation to each other. Irish immigrant unskilled labor was one of the most prominent factors in the success of George Phillips …show more content…
If his farm was not run with this level of success his level of income would have declined thus negatvitley impacting his livelihood. However, the great famine that had a negative impact on all of those immigrants which it drove to leave the country which would perhaps be the very same people who George Phillips would hire on his farm had a positive effect on him. And these paid unskilled laborers would spearhead the positive operations on George Phillips farm. Thus directly relating the mass Irish emigration to America, which would be studied by historians for years to come, to the livelihood of a small town farmer in Lawrence New

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