Voyagers to the West : a passage in the peopling of America on the eve of the Revolution

by Bernard Bailyn

Other authorsBarbara DeWolfe (Contributor)
Hardcover, 1986




New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1986.


Provides official statistics and personal information on immigration to the New World from Britain.

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LibraryThing member sgerbic
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 available but should be limited to charts, indexes in the back of the book. Not pages of facts, numbers, names, places laced throughout the work.

This 600+ page book contains only a 3-page introduction and relitively no conclusions, though he does a good job sticking to his thesis statements made in the intro. "the magnitudes of immigration were on such a large scale . . . [that it] transformed. . . American life." He proves that the people who emigrated from Scotland & England were immigrating to better their lives in America, and once in America their lives were changed. Social norms and living standards as well as a lack of peerage were upturned. This had enormous impact on relationships between America and Briton.

Bailyn claims that emigration numbers were enormous. Newspapers from 1750-1770 bemoaned the horrible effects of people moving to America. But in Colley's "Britons" nothing is mentioned about this, in her index the word emigration is not even mentioned.

Bailyn's book is not for casual readers, but for those scholars interested in immigration of the American colonies. He does not give %'s only numbers making it difficult to judge proportion.

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