Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants

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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.

Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants 2013, University of Minnesota Press

ISBN-13: 9780816681259

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