The Yankee Yorkshireman: Migration Lived and Imagined

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University of Illinois Press, 2009 - History - 208 pages
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Mary H. Blewett offers a textual and contextual appraisal of the writings of Yorkshire-born Hedley Smith (1909-94). Smith's depiction of the fictional mill village of Briardale, Rhode Island, captures an early twentieth-century labor diaspora peopled with textile workers. Enraged and embittered at the transformatory experience of his own emigration, Smith used fiction to explore Yorkshire immigrants' culture and stubborn refusal to assimilate. As Smith's writings reveal, emigration involves grief and anger, and he meant for his rich panoply of characters to convey the superiority of Yorkshire life and culture. Smith came to take pride in his writings and, to a degree, accepted his new life in America. He never returned to Yorkshire.

Adopting a transnational perspective, Blewett links Smith's Briardale to empirical data on the substance of working-class lives both in Yorkshire and in New England's worsted textile industries. Demonstrating clearly that English immigrants often resisted and sometimes refused assimilation into American society, The Yankee Yorkshireman offers a deepened understanding of migration, ethnicity, gender, and class as both lived and imagined experiences in a transnational culture.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Notes
161
Bibliography
191
Index
193
back cover
215
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Mary H. Blewett is a professor emerita of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is the author of Constant Turmoil: The Politics of Industrial Life in Nineteenth-Century New England and Men, Women, and Work: Class, Gender, and Protest in the New England Shoe Industry, 1780-1910.

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