Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs from Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1675-1815 / Edition 1

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Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan is a monumental and pathbreaking study of early Irish Protestant and Catholic migration to America. Through exhaustive research and sensitive analyses of the letters, memoirs, and other writings, the authors describe the variety and vitality of early Irish immigrant experiences, ranging from those of frontier farmers and seaport workers to revolutionaries and loyalists. Largely through the migrants own words, it brings to life the networks, work, and experiences of these immigrants who shaped the formative stages of American society and its Irish communities. The authors explore why Irishmen and women left home and how they adapted to colonial and revolutionary America, in the process creating modern Irish and Irish-American identities on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan was the winner of the James S. Donnelly, Sr., Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences, American Council on Irish Studies.

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"A thoughtful, often-penetrating analysis .The extraordinary scale, extensive annotation, breadth of understanding, and intimacy in accounting make this book a must-read." —Journal of American History

"For scholars in American and Irish Cultural Studies, this impressive and brilliantly interpreted compilation of letters and memoirs is surely of paramount importance, as it presents both a minute and comprehensive account of the reasons of Irish emigration to the 'promised land' across the Atlantic and of the settlers' experience there; but it is lf interest also to historians and linguists who wish to examine a corpus of authentic letters and memoirs of Irish immigrants of various social classes and age groups from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Finally, for the common (American) reader, the texts can help to do away with the widespread mistaken belief that the immigrants were almost exclusively Catholic papers of Celtic origin, who were forced by bloodsucking Protestant landlords of English descent to leave the Emerald Isle."—Amerikastudien

"A stunning scholarly accomplishment and a major contribution to historical scholarship in a variety of fields."—Journal of Social History

"A stunning accomplishment and will long be an influential work in multiple fields. It is also a testament to the quality of work produced when top scholars collaborate." —Documentary Editing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195154894
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerby A. Miller is Middlebush Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Arnold Schrier is the Walter C. Langsam Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati. Bruce D. Boling is Senior Cataloger, University of New Mexico General Library. David Noel Doyle is Statutory Lecturer in History, University College-Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Causes of Irish Emigration
1 James Wansbrough, 1700-1728 13
2 Alexander Crawford, 1736 24
3 David Lindsey, 1758 28
4 Henry Johnston, 1773-1800 30
5 Walter Corish Devereux, 1798 39
6 Margaret Wright, 1808 45
II The Processes of Irish Emigration
7 Anonymous Poet, Mid- to Late 1700s 53
8 Rev. James MacSparran, 1752 55
9 Robert Parke, 1725 72
10 John Rea, 1765 82
11 James Orr, 1811 86
12 John Smilie, 1762 90
13 John O'Raw, 1809 94
14 Thomas Hinds, 1795 103
15 George Crockett, Jr., 1797-1807 107
III Farmers and Planters
16 John Blake, 1675-1676 121
17 Samuel McCobb, 1729-1772 128
18 Robert Witherspoon, 1734-1780 135
19 James Magraw, 1733 143
20 Mary Elizabeth McDowell Greenlee, 1737-1754 147
21 James McCullough, 1748-1758 156
22 Elizabeth Guthrie Brownlee Guthrie, 1755-1829 179
23 Daniel Kent, 1786-1794 184
24 John and Jane Chambers, 1796 196
25 Joseph and Hannah Wright, 1801-1817 200
26 Edward and Mary Toner, 1818 224
27 James and Hannah Crockett, 1822 235
IV Craftsmen, Laborers, and Servants
28 Benjamin Chandlee, 1705 243
29 John Kennedy, 1753 250
30 Philip McRory, Ruth McGree, Edward Curry, Rosanna Stewart, Patrick M'Cullen, Ann Dougherty, Thomas Ralph, and Michael Wade, ca. 1735-1774 253
31 John Grimes, John Fagan, John Johnson, 1765 268
32 Francis Burdett Personel, 1773 275
33 James Patton (I), 1783-1789 280
34 Thomas McMahon, William Sotherin, and John Justice, 1789-1793 287
35 James Doyle, 1789 292
36 Stephen Fotterall, 1791 296
37 Charles O'Hagan and Mary Dunn, 1796 300
38 Samuel Brown, 1793-1815 303
V Merchants, Shopkeepers, and Peddlers
39 Francis Campble, 1737-1742 317
40 Robert Pillson, 1764 323
41 John O'Kelly, 1773 328
42 Thomas Shipboy, Jr., 1774 331
43 James Patton (2), 1789-1839 336
44 Margaret Carey Murphy Burke, 1798 349
45 Mary Cumming, 1814-1815 362
VI Clergymen and Schoolmasters
46 Rev. John Craig, 1734-1769/70 381
47 Rev. Samuel Blair, 1744 400
48 Bernard M'Kenna, 1811 415
VII Irish Immigrants in Politics and War
49 Rev. James McGregor and John McMurphy, 1720-1730 435
50 Dr. Charles Carroll, 1748 452
51 Silvester Ferrell, Charles Lewis Reily, Peter Warren Johnson, and George Croghan, 1745-1764 461
52 Samuel Bryan, 1752 476
53 Rev. Thomas Barton, 1758 487
54 Thomas Burke, ca. 1766-1767 499
55 Rev. Francis Alison, 1768 510
56 John Morton, 1769 521
57 John McDonnell, 1771 530
58 James Caldwell, 1774 536
59 Matthew Patten, 1774-1776 547
60 John Phillips, 1783 559
61 Job Johnson, 1784 567
62 David Redick and Aedanus Burke, 1787-1788 572
63 Daniel McCurtin, 1798 585
64 Robert McArthur, 1802 596
65 John Nevin, 1804 603
66 Thomas Addis Emmet, 1806-1807 608
67 William Heazelton, Jr., 1814 619
68 John Caldwell, Jr., 1802 631
App. 1 Text and Language 649
App. 2 Irish Migration and Demography, 1659-1831 656
App. 3 Additional Documents 678
Sources 687
Index 765
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