Letters from America: Nineteenth Century Emigrants Writing Home to Yorkshire
Author: Michael F. Hopkinson
Price: £3.50 incl. P&P
- ISBN: 978-0-9553424-9-3
- Published: 2017
From the late eighteenth century, and particularly during the nineteenth, some economic migrants moved from Yorkshire to the United States of America. Many were poor and sought a better life in the New World. Some of them wrote letters home that record insights into their journeys, settlement and domestic lives. The author of this booklet has researched surviving letters from both record offices and private collections. He describes the emigrants’ experiences of the journey to the USA, the process of settling there and finding work and the living conditions in their new country. There are also some surviving letters to the emigrants from their families back home. Together they provide a fascinating socio-economic record of nineteenth century emigration.