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The Resource Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants, Joanna Brooks

Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants, Joanna Brooks

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Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants
Title
Why we left
Title remainder
untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants
Statement of responsibility
Joanna Brooks
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Joanna Brooks's ancestors were among the earliest waves of emigrants to leave England for North America. They lived hardscrabble lives for generations, eking out subsistence in one place after another as they moved forever westward in search of a new life. Why, Brooks wondered, did her people and countless other poor English subjects abandon their homeland to settle for such unremitting hardship? The question leads her on a journey into a largely obscured dimension of American history. With her family's background as a point of departure, Brooks brings to light the harsh realities behind seventeenth- and eighteenth-century working-class English emigration--and dismantles the long-cherished idea that these immigrants were drawn to America as a land of opportunity. American folk ballads provide a wealth of clues to the catastrophic contexts that propelled early English emigration to the Americas. Brooks follows these songs back across the Atlantic to find histories of economic displacement, environmental destruction, and social betrayal at the heart of the early Anglo-American migrant experience. The folk ballad "Edward," for instance, reveals the role of deforestation in the dislocation of early Anglo-American peasant immigrants; "Two Sisters" discloses the profound social destabilization unleashed by the advent of luxury goods in England; "The Golden Vanity" shows how common men and women viewed their own disposable position in England's imperial project; and "The House Carpenter's Wife" offers insights into the impact of economic instability and the colonial enterprise on women. From these often tragic ballads Brooks uncovers an archaeology of the worldviews of America's earliest immigrants, presenting a new and haunting historical perspective on the ancestors we thought we knew."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brooks, Joanna
Dewey number
305.9/06912097309032
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
JV6451
LC item number
.B76 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • British Americans
  • British Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants
  • Folk music
  • Folk music
  • United States
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants, Joanna Brooks
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : brave men run -- No land of opportunity : folk ballads and the story of why we left -- Murder the brother who killed the tree : fratricide and the story of deforestation -- Sisters and a beaver hat : desire and the story of colonial commodity culture -- To sink it in the lonesome sea : betrayal and the story of indentured servitude -- Seduction of the house carpenter's wife: abandonment and the story of colonial -- Migration -- Epilogue : ballad of the laboring poor
Control code
816563870
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 213 pages
Isbn
9780816681259
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012049538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)816563870
Label
Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants, Joanna Brooks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : brave men run -- No land of opportunity : folk ballads and the story of why we left -- Murder the brother who killed the tree : fratricide and the story of deforestation -- Sisters and a beaver hat : desire and the story of colonial commodity culture -- To sink it in the lonesome sea : betrayal and the story of indentured servitude -- Seduction of the house carpenter's wife: abandonment and the story of colonial -- Migration -- Epilogue : ballad of the laboring poor
Control code
816563870
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 213 pages
Isbn
9780816681259
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012049538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)816563870

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