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Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

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The questions below are about the history of African and Irish Americans. Answers to the questions include links to related documents.

  1. What renowned abolitionist visited Ireland during the 1840's?
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  2. What famous orator called on Irish Americans to support abolition in America?
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  3. What city had a death rate higher than any other city in North America in the late 1860's?
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  4. When did England end its participation in the international slave trade?
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  5. What political party's platform stated that "Americans must rule America, and to this end native-born citizens should be elected for all State, Federal and municipal offices of government employment in preference to all others."
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  6. When did the Society of Friends, Quakers, provide relief to Irish peasants?
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  7. What were the worst street riots of the 19th century?
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  8. What group brought supporters of presidential candidate Al Smith to trial?
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  9. Who said, "In the same way, if a man feels that the politics of his city, for instance, are very corrupt and wants to reform them, it would be an excellent idea to begin with his district."
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  10. Where was it said, "There is always friction when two bodies try to occupy the same place at the same time. The close of the war threw thousands out of employment. The American white man, believing himself justly entitled to first pick, questioned the right of a black man to be holding a job he could fill."
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