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Welsh Americans: A History of Assimilation in the Coalfields 1st Edition

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


One should read an reread Ronald Lewis's epic Welsh Americans. It is one of the rare books in ethnic history that deserves the appellation classic.--The Annals of Iowa

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

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

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

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.--Choice

The best cross-cultural scholarship on Appalachia written so far. . . . Opens fresh perspectives on the elements of socioeconomic change in Appalachia that can truly be qualified as specifically Appalachian.--Appalachian Journal

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


Lewis demonstrates that by fulfilling the American dream, Welsh immigrants eventually lost their identity. He offers a sustained and at times brilliant meditation on this theme, integrated into a general history that unfolds compellingly over time. Welsh Americans is a rich, mature, and fascinating piece of historical scholarship that will quickly assume its place as the definitive work on its topic and an important work of American immigration history.--Kevin Kenny, Boston College

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

In addition to providing a new dimension to our understanding of American ethnic groups in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Welsh Americans adds significantly to current understanding of the processes of industrialization in America, particularly the development of the coal mining industry. Interesting, insightful, and convincing, this book will be welcomed as a fresh and timely study.--William D. Jones, Cardiff University, Wales


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (October 1, 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great book,learn a lot about the welsh people. Really sad on how the welsh miner had to live, I couldn't live the way they did
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