slave and Irish immigrant

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It is 1841 and you have escaped from a life of enslavement in Virginia. You have heard that the black community in Boston is fighting for the liberty and freedom of your enslaved brethren. You arrive in Boston to find that other newcomers are searching for employment and their own version of freedom and liberty.

It is 1842 and you have just arrived in the Boston area. You have left Ireland with the hopes of achieving the American Dream. Additionally, you yearn to experience the liberty and freedom that was denied to you in your native land under the rule of the British.

Over the course of the next few days you will be examining sources that illuminate the experiences and expectations of two groups of new comers who migrated to the Boston area in search of new opportunities; Irish and African Americans. You will investigate the variety of views concerning notions of freedom, equality, and liberty.