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No Land of Opportunity: Folk Ballads and the Story of Why We Left

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Offers a compelling and poignant narrative exploration of seventeenth-century contexts for English peasant migration and a vivid picture of the lives of early Anglo-American colonists.


Seduction of the House Carpenter’s Wife: Abandonment and the Story of Colonial Migration

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Following the clues in the folk ballad “The House Carpenter’s Wife,” this chapter discusses the gendered impacts of English economic destabilization that propelled emigration to North America and ... More


Brave Men Run

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Taking her own working-class Anglo-American family history as a point of departure, Brooks dismantles the story that America was viewed as a “land of opportunity” and introduces Anglo-American folk ... More


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

Joanna Brooks

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

“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 ... More


To Sink It in the Lonesome Sea: Betrayal and the Story of Indentured Servitude

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Following the clues in the folk ballad “The Golden Vanity,” this chapter reveals the critical outlook common English men and women shared on the celebrated architects of English colonialism, as well ... More


Two Sisters and a Beaver Hat: Desire and the Story of Colonial Commodity Culture

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Following the clues in the folk ballad “Two Sisters,” Brooks discloses the profound social destabilization unleashed by the advent of luxury commodity consumption England—especially the culture of ... More


Murder the Brother Who Killed the Tree: Fratricide and the Story of Deforestation

Joanna Brooks

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681259
eISBN:
9781452949369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681259.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Following the clues in the folk ballad “Edward,” Brooks reveals deforestation as a major factor in the dislocation and emigration of early Anglo-American peasant immigrants.


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