AuthorHardman Moore, Susan.
TitleAbandoning America : life-stories from early New England / Susan Hardman Moore.
PublishedWoodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 2013.
Descriptionxxviii, 412 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bib. NoteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 379-391) and index.
Formatted NoteContents: Life-stories from early New England -- Appendix 1. Settlers leaving New England before 1640 -- Appendix 2. Settlers visiting England, 1640-1660.
Summary NoteSummary: "Abandoning America brings together the biographies of hundreds of people who crossed over to New England in the 1630s but later braved the Atlantic again to return home. Some went back quickly, disenchanted or discouraged. Many invested everything to make New England a success, yet after ten or twenty years resolved to leave America - against a backdrop of civil war and Cromwell's commonwealth in England, and personal dilemmas about family ties, health and prospects. The book retrieves their forgotten life-stories from thousands of scattered fragments of evidence in early New England records and British archives, often starting from some incidental, passing, reference. The result of this scholarly detective work is a remarkable and evocative collection of personal histories, of people overlooked in the onward march of American history. Their anxieties and aspirations speak eloquently about the experience of being a New Englander, for those who stayed on as well as for those who left. The book traces settlers' lives with an eye to the information historians look for. It is a rich original resource for scholars of early America and the English Revolution - for research on religion in England and New England, Atlantic migration, and much more."--Publisher's description.
Acq. Note SourcePurchase; WRHS Genealogical Committee, Steve Fund, 2016.
Emigration and immigration.
England -- Biography.
England -- Emigration and immigration -- 17th century.
England -- Religion -- 17th century.
New England.
New England -- Biography.
New England -- Emigration and immigration -- 17th century.
New England -- Religion -- 17th century.
LC Card Number2013-431531
Call Number/Copies 
 WRHS Research Library: F 1 H H264 2013
CA-1601976 c.1: LC class, open stacks [status: NON-CIRCULATING]
[Record 43094]