In this video from Faces of America, we learn about comedian Stephen Colbert and his Irish Ancestors, the Tucks. The Tucks left Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the mid-nineteenth century. There are almost no records of the Tucks, but we find out that they were tenant farmers, like most Irish Catholics at that time. While still living in Ireland, they endured great hardships under the then British rule including laws prohibiting Irish Catholics from practicing their faith, buying land and even owning a horse.
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