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
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
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 Contours; The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675, and Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.01-2009