Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs by Kerby A. Miller, Arnold Schrier, Bruce D. Boling, David N.

By Kerby A. Miller, Arnold Schrier, Bruce D. Boling, David N. Doyle

Irish Immigrants within the Land of Canaan is a huge and pathbreaking research of early Irish Protestant and Catholic migration to the United States. via exhaustive study and delicate analyses of the letters, memoirs, and different writings, the authors describe the range and power of early Irish immigrant studies, starting from these of frontier farmers and seaport employees to revolutionaries and loyalists. mostly in the course of the migrants personal phrases, it brings to existence the networks, paintings, and studies of those immigrants who formed the formative levels of yankee society and its Irish groups. The authors discover why Irishmen and ladies left domestic and the way they tailored to colonial and innovative the United States, within the procedure developing smooth Irish and Irish-American identities at the aspects of the Atlantic Ocean.

Irish Immigrants within the Land of Canaan was once the winner of the James S. Donnelly, Sr., Prize for Books on historical past and Social Sciences, American Council on Irish experiences.

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Among the latter were Ann and Thomas Shepherd, and several of the earliest surviving emigrants’ letters are those addressed to them in New Jersey by Ann’s brother in Ireland, James Wansbrough. The Shepherds and Wansbroughs had come to Ireland as officers in Cromwell’s army and, in return for their service, had gained estates taken from the defeated Catholics. Several thousand new settlers, including the Wansbroughs and Shepherds, were Baptists, and after  a larger number, especially among the lesser grantees and tradesmen, became members of the Society of Friends, derisively known as Quakers.

Dept: an interesting case of a “learned” spelling pronunciation. The standard spelling debt is itself a purely learned creation based on the antiquarial knowledge that dette, the original shape of the French borrowing into English, ultimately reflects Latin debitum. The same phenomenon occurs in chapter , n. , where we find Doupt “doubt” (originally dout(e), from Latin dubitum). 45. my father lands: at Ballycahane (Killoscully parish, Owney and Arra barony, Co. ). , Lady’s Day). 46. pleaseed: see n.

20. , courage. 21. ” 22. would agiven . . , would have given (“yielded”) . . g. to have gone → to a gone). –: “we should by this . . , a found it). , ‘twad a blawn). Other instances of this development; n.  below; chapter , n. ; chapter , n. ; chapter , n. ; chapter , n. ; chapter , n. ; chapter , n. . 23. birr: Birr town (and parish, Ballybrit barony, King’s Co. [now Co. Offaly]); later Parsonstown, now again Birr. 24. limbrick: Limerick city, Co. Limerick; William III’s first, unsuccessful seige of Limerick occurred in August ; the second seige began in August  and ended with the Catholic surrender of the city on  October.

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