Why We Left
Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants
ISBN10: 0816681252 ISBN13: 9780816681259 Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr Published: May 1 2013 Pages: 213 Weight: 0.92lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Joanna Brooks reveals the harsh realities behind seventeenth- and eighteenth-century working-class English emigration—and dismantles the idea that these immigrants were drawn to America as a land of opportunity. Brooks follows American folk ballads back across the Atlantic, uncovering an archaeology of the worldviews of America’s earliest immigrants and a haunting historical perspective on the ancestors we thought we knew.