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Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Geography Research Papers) [Paperback]

by Anne Kelly Knowles
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Book Description

February 1, 1997 0226448533 978-0226448534 1
Bringing immigrants onstage as central players in the drama of rural
capitalist transformation, Anne Kelly Knowles traces a community of
Welsh immigrants to Jackson and Gallia counties in southern Ohio. After
reconstructing the gradual process of community-building, Knowles
focuses on the pivotal moment when the immigrants became involved with
the industrialization of their new region as workers and investors in
Welsh-owned charcoal iron companies. Setting the southern Ohio Welsh in
the context of Welsh immigration as a whole from 1795 to 1850, Knowles
explores how these strict Calvinists responded to the moral dilemmas
posed by leaving their native land and experiencing economic success in
the United States.

Knowles draws on a wide variety of sources, including obituaries and
community histories, to reconstruct the personal histories of over 1,700
immigrants. The resulting account will find appreciative readers not
only among historical geographers, but also among American economic
historians and historians of religion.

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About the Author

Anne Kelly Knowles is lecturer in geography at the Institute of Earth Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Historical Geography.

Product Details

  • Series: University of Chicago Geography Research Papers (Book 240)
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226448533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226448534
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate thesis that is easy to read and follows the travels of Welshmen into PA and OH and the communities they founded. Why would someone buy land as poor as what they left behind? Why settle in the middle of America? Why leave all that is familiar behind? Not uncommon questions for anyone studying their ancestors, but the Welsh reasons, while often similar to other groups, are still refreshing in this work. Ms Knowles has helped the genealogist greatly with this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandfather's ancestors' history. March 3, 2007
I was born in Portsmouth, Ohio over 60 years ago and lived in southern Ohio for the first 12 years of my life, I visited relatives in both the Jackson and Gallia county while young. About six years ago after moving from California to Michigan, I started regularly visiting southern Ohio. My grandfather, grandmother and mother are buried in Moriah cemetary. My gradfather's mother's family are the Isaac family that immigrated from Wales mentioned in the immigrants in the back of the book.

I hadn't read any thing in historical geography before and it was exciting to read about the conditions both of the land and Calvenistic Methodist influence on the residents. I now have a better understanding of my family and the Welsh experience in south eastern Ohio.
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