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

Joanna Brooks


“My Brooks ancestors were among the earliest waves of emigrants to leave England and settle in North America. Once arrived, for centuries, they lived difficult and hard-bitten lives, eking out survival in place after place after place, and moving ever westward—from Virginia, to the Carolinas, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona—in search of land they could hold on to and belong to once again,” writes early American literature scholar Joanna Brooks. “I have always wondered why my ancestors and thousands upon thousands of poor English abandoned their homelands to settle in the Americas.” This book ... More

Keywords: colonization, folk music, ballads, immigration, Land of Opportunity, Colonial America, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816681259
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Brooks, author