Stereotypes Of The Irish

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After the Revolutionary War, the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (W.A.S.P.s) were in power, they held all the political offices; they owned the most land, they had the most profitable businesses, and the largest factories. They enjoyed being in control of everything and they wanted to keep that control and power. After the Civil War more immigrants were coming to America to their share of the wealth they believed America had. These immigrants now were coming from all over the world, not just Northern Europe and England. Some of the larger groups of immigrants were coming from Germany, Ireland, and Southern Italy. The increase in people different than the W.A.S.P.s caused them to fear that they may lose some of their power. In order to protect …show more content…
The Irish and the English people had been at odds and fighting since the 1600s. The stereotypes of the Irish being immoral really took root however, in the United States. This particular stereotype was not just due to their consumption of alcohol but also because the W.A.S.P.s. did not understand disease. In the poor overcrowded boroughs of New York, sanitation was not always the best and disease spread easily and often in the areas where the Irish were living. In the borough of New York known as Five Points a large cholera outbreak occurred. The W.A.S.P.s. saw this as god’s way of punishing the Irish for being immoral Catholics. Due to lack of jobs for women and the need for money, the Irish women helped the W.A.S.P.s create the immoral stereotype. This was because one of the few jobs the Irish women could get, that would pay really well, was that of a prostitute. While the male W.A.S.P.s were their customers in private, they made sure to publicly denounce the …show more content…
W.A.S.P.s considered the mafia immoral because of the actives the mafia was believed to be involved in. The stereotypical activities that the mafia was involved in are referenced in The Godfather. One of the best lists of believed mafia activities is given early in the film, when Sollozzo is meeting with Don Corleone. Sollozzo is trying to get the Corleone’s to fund him two million dollars to improve his heroin business. Don Corleone references other forms of immorality the mafia is involved in when he tells Sollozzo no. Don Corleone

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