This book bundle contains the following publications:
Ulster Emigration from Colonial America, 1718-1775
First published in 1966, R. J. Dickson’s Ulster Emigration to Colonial America, 1718–1775 remains the acknowledged work of scholarship on the eighteenth-century movement of families and individuals from the north of Ireland to the New World. This important book provided for the first time a balanced and professional study of the entire emigration phenomenon and carefully examined the economic, social and political context of emigration. At the time of publication, both Dickson’s approach to the subject and the results of his extensive research represented a major historiographical achievement.
Complementing the essay prepared by Graeme Kirkham for the 1988 reprint, this fiftieth anniversary edition includes a specially written Introduction by Dr Patrick Fitzgerald of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies in which he considers recent developments in the study of emigration from Ulster. In reviewing Ulster Emigration to Colonial America, 1718–1775, Dr Fitzgerald acknowledges ‘the enduring debt we owe the author for his professional, careful and often painstaking historical research.’ There is no doubt that whatever new documentation and fresh analyses may yet reveal about this subject that Dickson’s study will continue to provide a firm foundation for students of the relationship between Ulster and America.
From Ulster to Canada
Canada is as much a nation of immigrants as the United States. And what is the link between this, the second largest country in the world, and the province of Ulster? No Country contributed more to the establishment of Canada than Ireland. And of the 500,000 souls who arrived there in a constant stream in the generation before the Great Famine, the vast majority originated in Ulster. Canadian identity continues to be characterised by this significant Ulster cultural contribution. In Ontario particularly, the Ulster presence was evident throughout a broad swathe of land stretching almost 1,000 kilometres from the Quebec border to the USA frontier at Detroit. These two great stories, Of Ulster migration to and settlement in Canada, unfold intriguingly in this scholarly and accessible book. Recently-married Wilson Benson emigrated from Co. Armagh in 1841, lived for another 70 years in Ontario and left behind a detailed autobiography. It recalls, firstly, his youth in Ulster and goes on to narrate in engaging detail his varied and indomitable attempts to establish himself in his New World, and absorbing tale that amply informs our understanding of the nineteenth-century migration experience. Wilson Benson's perceptive life history is of value not only to emigrant and family historians but is also a near-unique account of both Ulster society on the cusp of the trauma of the Famine and the emergence of early modern Canada
Robert Dinsmoor's Scotch-Irish Poems
Robert Dinsmoor's poetry is perhaps the greatest achievement of Scotch-Irish writing in the nineteenth century. His work frames a vibrant culture whose ties of faith, family and friendship crisscrossed the Atlantic. He records people, places and events with humour and compassion, and was rightfully accorded the status of the 'Rustic Bard' of New Hampshire. Dinsmoor's writing encapsulates the hopes and aspirations of migrants asserting their place within a confident, awakening nation and stands as a pioneering articulation of postcolonial American literature. The recovery of his work is important. It underlines the power of art to find pathways between the Old and New Worlds; and how awareness of Scottish literature and traditions could be celebrated and extended in North America. This collection brings together the long out-of-print poetry of Robert Dinsmoor's, arguably the greatest Scots-Irish poet of the 19th century.