Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 3, 2011 - History - 720 pages
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Saloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society

Bailyn's Pulitzer Prize-winning book uses an emigration roster that lists every person officially known to have left Britain for America from December 1773 to March 1776 to reconstruct the lives and motives of those who emigrated to the New World.

"Voyagers to the West is a superb book...It should be equally admired by and equally attractive to the general reader as to the professional historian."--R.C. Simmons, Journal of American Studies
 

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Bernard Bailyn did extensive research in order to write his book "Voyagers to the West." He used immigration records as well as letters, diaries, and business records. It is primarily a book about ... Read full review

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A Pulitzer Prize winner, maybe for Bernard's amazing research, but truly not for it's readability. This book should be renamed to, Details of the Voyagers to the West. It is nice that detail is ... Read full review

Contents

Am Expanded World 17601776
7
The Dilemma of British Policy
29
The Origin and Character
67
Introduction
87
Introduction
243
QUALITIES AND DEFICIENCIES
260
Sources
271
Recruitment
296
Yorkshire and the Maritime Northeast
361
THE GREAT s U R G E of 17731774
401
the Harrisons
408
competence ANd eMergence
416
THE FORMING OF A NEW Society
427
Gulf and Delta
475
Exploiting the Ceded Lands
545
Swarming to the North
575

Gravesend
303
INDENTURES AND SHIPPING 33
313
io Sales and Distribution
324
Acknowledgments
639
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Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History Emeritus at Harvard University. He founded, and for many years directed, the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, which helped to reorient the study of the Atlantic region in the early modern era. His books include The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, which received the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes in 1968; The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, which won the 1975 National Book Award for History; Voyagers to the West, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987; Atlantic History: Concept and ContoursThe Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675, and Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History.

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