Boston absorbed over 37,000 Irish immigrants, categorized as Irish laborers.
Black '47 refers to 1847, the worst year of the Irish famine, a potato blight that between 1845 and 1850 killed more than 1 million people and forced another 1.5 million to emigrate, most of them to North America. Many historians cite August as the worst month of Black '47, when the most people died or left Ireland.
In 1847, New Hampshire became the first state to pass a 10-hour workday law—but it wasn't enforceable.
was an outbreak of epidemic typhus caused by a massive Irish emigration in 1847, during the Great Famine, aboard crowded and disease-ridden "coffin ships".
During the months of August, September and October, we had probably 7 or 800 cases of yellow fever of all grades, and the books of the sexton, which can be fully relied on showed but 68 deaths from this disease to the 1st of November.
Then came Mr. Corcoran. He was having trouble standing. The medical officer was asking him questions but no answer came. He has the fever.
Kate thinks being a servant working for a rich lady is better then being a mill girl.
Yesterday I heard Clarissa Burroughs talking about the Irish again. She didn't know I was near. She was talking so loud, it wasn't hard to hear.
Ruth Shattuck is ill with the fever. Annie says that Ruth is delirious and sleeps fitfully.
Clarissa got her long hair stuck in her mill today.