On June 7th 1832 the Asian Cholera arrived in Quebec. The devastating disease took the lives of some 6,000 people, which was bad for the French and English Canadians who died. It was worse for the Irish Canadians who were blamed for the disease.
It was not only in Canada that Irish were blamed for the Cholera. All over the USA Irish Immigrants were held responsible for outbreaks of the disease. Where Irish communities were absent the White Anglo Protestant ascendancy blamed the blacks.
From the caricatures above you can see that the Irish Immigrant on the right is portrayed with many of the features of the black reconstruction era politicians on the left. Thick lips, vacant protruding eyes, aggressive postures; stupid, violent people.
The second cholera pandemic, also known as the Asiatic Cholera Pandemic, originated in Asia and spread to Eastern Russia. From there it was tracked across the European continent. The British Government quarantined vessels from Russia and Poland in 1831. The symptoms were reported to the British Government from St Petersburgh, Russia by two English Doctors.
Yet when the disease reached Canada and the USA it was blamed on the minority groups of Irish and Negroes. This is still happening today. The English people want to blame the Coronavirus on Asian students. Irish nationalist idiots attacked a fruit farm for employing Bulgarian strawberry pickers. Donald Trump wants to blame the Chinese.
Populists harness diseases to push their agendas. With Cholera this was quite easy. Poor immigrants tend to live in the cheapest slums in the most unsanitary conditions. They suffer worst from a water borne disease like Cholera. It is easy to point the finger at them as a source of the illness.
This racism of 1832 was to have enduring consequences for the Irish. When the Great Hunger struck in 1845 with the collapse of the Irish Potato Crop one route for the starving people was across the Atlantic to the New World. But the memories were fresh of the Cholera outbreak and nobody was welcoming starving Irish to the Americas.