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Author Brooks, Joanna, 1971-

Title Why we left : untold stories and songs of America's first immigrants / Joanna Brooks
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2013
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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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject British Americans -- History -- 17th century.
British Americans -- History -- 18th century.
Folk music -- Great Britain -- History.
Folk music -- United States -- History.
Immigrants -- United States -- History -- 17th century.
Immigrants -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 18th century.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 17th century.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0816684065 (electronic bk.)
9780816684069 (electronic bk.)