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Personal narratives of Irish and Scottish migration, 1921-65 : 'for spirit and adventure' /
Angela McCarthy.
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2007.
description
ix, 257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719073529, 9780719073526
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2007.
isbn
0719073529
9780719073526
catalogue key
6293599
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [232]-246) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Angela McCarthy is RCUK Academic Fellow/Lecturer in History (Diaspora) at the University of Hull.
Summaries
Main Description
Between 1921 and 1965 Irish and Scottish migrants continued to seek new homes abroad. Using the personal accounts of these migrants from letters, interviews, questionnaires, and shipboard journals, together with more traditional documentary sources such as immigration files and maritime records, this book examines the experience of migration and settlement in North America and Australasia.
Main Description
Between 1921 and 1965 Irish and Scottish migrants continued to seek new homes abroad. Using the personal accounts of these migrants from letters, interviews, questionnaires, and shipboard journals, together with more traditional documentary sources such as immigration files and maritime records, this book examines the experience of migration and settlement in North America and Australasia. Through a close reading of personal testimonies the author highlights the assorted similarities and differences between the Irish and Scots. Subtle differences rather than yawning cultural gaps are apparent; similarities in attitude and expectation are more common than divergent or unique experiences. The key revelation of the work is that, despite a number of peculiarities characterising their individual and collective experiences of migration, both the Irish and Scots were relatively successful migrants in the period under consideration. Using interviews, both spoken and written, and tackling issues of why and how versions of the past are represented and what they mean, this fascinating study considers individual and collective memory and the use of personal testimonies as historical evidence: their uniqueness and typicality. Furthermore, in using personal narratives the book portrays individual migration experiences which are often hidden in studies based on statistical analysis.
Title Summary
"Bringing to light fascinating evidence such as letters, interviews, questionnaires and shipboard journals, together with more traditional documentary sources such as immigration files and maritime records, this book examines the experience of Irish and Scottish migrants between 1921 and 1965 in North America and Australasia." "Through a close reading of personal testimonies the author highlights the assorted similarities and differences between the Irish and Scots. Subtle differences rather than yawning cultural gaps are apparent; similarities in attitude and expectation are more common than divergent or unique experience. Based around personal narratives, the book portrays individual migration experiences which are often hidden in studies based on statistical analysis."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of abbreviationsp. x
Editorial notesp. xi
Introduction: Methods, approaches, sourcesp. 1
Historiography and contextp. 15
'I'll go and find some sunshine': considering goingp. 35
'A tearful goodbye': organising the movep. 64
'Nothing but water': getting therep. 85
'The land of opportunity': Ellis Island and New Yorkp. 108
'It just isn't home': entering the British Worldp. 131
'A crony of my own type': personal and group networksp. 154
'Jigs and reels and hornpipes': identity, culture, and belongingp. 179
'The savage loves his native shore': going homep. 200
Conclusionp. 222
Appendicesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 247
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