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PaganNewsBeagle Irish Heritage Day Edition 3-17-15

Today our FieryTuesday Pagan News Beagle celebrates the untold stories of overcoming oppression on this Irish heritage day. Irish slaves; real Irish history; Choctaw aid to Ireland; Irish emigrant letters; African American wins St Patrick's day essay contest.

Before the African slave trade to the Americas became institutionalized, another oppressed group provided slave labor (labeled "indentured servitude") for European colonization of the continent. Guess who? The Irish.

More on the Irish slave trade from this story on Irish Central.

Want to know the real truth of Irish history? You won't find it in most textbooks, as noted by progressive educator Bill Bigelow in this post.

What oppressed American group sent relief funds to the Irish during the Great Famine? The Choctaw Native American nation, that's who.

The letters of Irish emigrants to the US back home to their relatives are highlighted in this post from Irish Central.

This year, the winning essay selected by the St Patrick's Day Foundation (in Ireland)y is from an African-American young lady whose parents emigrated to the US from Sierra Leone.

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