The English diaspora in North America: Migration, ethnicity and association, 1730s–1950s

Donald M. MacRaild, Tanja Bueltmann

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    Abstract

    Ethnic associations were once vibrant features of societies, such as the United States and Canada, which attracted large numbers of immigrants. While the transplanted cultural lives of the Irish, Scots and continental Europeans have received much attention, the English are far less widely explored. It is assumed the English were not an ethnic community, that they lacked the alienating experiences associated with immigration and thus possessed few elements of diasporas. This deeply researched new book questions this assumption. It shows that English associations once were widespread, taking hold in colonial America, spreading to Canada and then encompassing all of the empire. Celebrating saints days, expressing pride in the monarch and national heroes, providing charity to the national poor, and forging mutual aid societies mutual, were all features of English life overseas. In fact, the English simply resembled other immigrant groups too much to be dismissed as the unproblematic, invisible immigrants.
    LanguageEnglish
    Place of PublicationManchester
    Number of pages418
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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    1950s
    Ethnic Groups
    Diaspora
    Immigrants
    1730s
    Canada
    Pride
    Colonial America
    Monarch
    Saints
    Charity
    National Hero
    English Association
    Encompassing
    Invisible
    Continental
    Immigration

    Keywords

    • United States
    • Canada
    • North America
    • ethnicity
    • migration
    • immigration
    • English
    • associational culture
    • clubs and societies

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    MacRaild, Donald M. ; Bueltmann, Tanja. / The English diaspora in North America: Migration, ethnicity and association, 1730s–1950s. Manchester, 2016. 418 p.
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