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"Irish Immigration" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

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Immigrants were often viewed as undesirable additions to the community in the 19th century. This article estimates that the number of Irish immigrants to New York City in 1835 would be 30,000. It warns that immigrants could outnumber citizens and acquire too much political influence. The Immigration act of January 29, 1795, set 5 years as the period of residence required for citizenship. It also required applicants to declare publicly their intention to become citizens of the United States and to renounce any allegiance to a "foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty" three years before admission as citizens. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.


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