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Welsh Americans: A History of Assimilation in the Coalfields Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0807832202 ISBN-10: 0807832200

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (September 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807832200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807832202
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A deeply contextualized study of the Welsh-American experience."--
-Journal of Appalachian Studies

"Offers a wealth of information on Welsh history and culture in America and Wales. . . . A comprehensive, multidimensional exposition. . . . Extensive knowledge and keen insights [are] conveyed in this monumental research effort."
-Journal of American Ethnic History

"A masterful survey. . . . Add[s] depth and context to an immigrant group that was crucial to American economic development. . . . [A] superb and important addition to immigration and labor history."
-American Studies

"A detailed and readable work based on a wide variety of sources from both Europe and the United States. Welsh scholars and comparative immigration historians will find the book to be a valuable asset in their collections."
-Journal of Southern History

"An assured and reflective study as well as an accesible read for all audiences."
West Virginia History

"Concerns and methodology are scholarly--[Lewis's] notes offer a valuable bibliography of Welsh American primary and secondary sources--but he writes in an accessible style and takes time to spin stories of upwardly mobile Welshmen."
Planet: The Welsh Internationalist

"Excellent . . . beautifully written, deeply researched. . . . A first-rate piece of scholarship."
-- The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"Includes a good assessment of the Welsh interaction with other immigrants. The book's readability also makes it accessible to general audiences, particularly those of Welsh ancestry seeking a better understanding of their ethnic roots. . . . Recommended."

"An important addition to the historiography of immigration and ethnic identity . . . adds a great deal to our general understanding of mining culture and industrial development."
-- Journal of American History

About the Author

Ronald L. Lewis holds the Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair in History at West Virginia University. He is author or editor of fourteen books, including Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920 (from the University of North Carolina Press).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert c on March 1, 2012
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Written very well and extremely informative. This book does a good job of tracing the values and attitudes we still see today in our society. People should take the time to read books like this in order to appreciate what our ancestors went through in order for us to have what we enjoy today.
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