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Emigrant Worlds and Transatlantic Communities

Migration to Upper Canada in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

by (author) Elizabeth Jane Errington

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2007
Category
Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773532656
    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
    $110.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773532663
    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
    $32.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773575615
    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
    $95.00

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Emigrant Worlds and Transatlantic Communities gives voice to the Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh women and men who negotiated the complex and often dangerous world of emigration between 1815 and 1845. Using "information wanted" notices that appeared in colonial newspapers as well as emigrants' own accounts, Errington illustrates that emigration was a family affair. Individuals made their decisions within a matrix of kin and community - their experiences shaped by their identities as husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings and cousins. The Atlantic crossing divided families, but it was also the means of reuniting kin and rebuilding old communities. Emigration created its own unique world - a world whose inhabitants remained well aware of the transatlantic community that provided them with a continuing sense of identity, home, and family.

About the author

Elizabeth Jane Errington is currently dean of arts at the Royal Military College and also teaches at Queen's University. Her research interests centre on life in 19th-century Upper Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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