Emigrants and Exiles

Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
Author(s): 
Miller, Kerby A.
ISBN: 
0195051874
Date published: 
January 1988
Paperback
Price: 
£11.99
Pages: 
694

From the 1660s to the early 1900s, no fewer than seven million people emigrated from Ireland to North America. This vast flow at once reflected and compelled enormous social changes on both sides of the Atlantic. In this book Miller chronicles the momentous causes of the Irish emigration and its far-reaching impact - on the people themselves, on the land they left behind, and on the new one they came to. Drawing on enormous original research, Miller focuses on the thought and behaviour of the "ordinary" Irish emigrants, Catholic and Protestant, as r evealed in their personal letters, diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as in their songs, poems, and folklore. Monumental in scope, Emigrants and Exiles embraces all the successive waves of Irish emigration, illuminating their differences as well as their common bonds.

 

From the early 1700s to the early 1900s nearly seven million people emigrated from Ireland to North America. Emigrants and Exiles chronicles the various causes of the Irish emigration, and its far-reaching impact - on the people themselves, on the land they left behind, and on the new one they came to. 'This is the most important book on Irish emigration to appear in a generation and it is destined to be the monument by which all others are measured.' Irish America