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Welsh AmericansA History of Assimilation in the Coalfields$
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Ronald L. Lewis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832202

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887905_lewis

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Epilogue Americanization & Welsh Identity

Epilogue Americanization & Welsh Identity

(p.307) Epilogue Americanization & Welsh Identity
Welsh Americans

Ronald L. Lewis

University of North Carolina Press

In conclusion, this book discusses the reasons why most Welsh emigrants went to America—and it was not to preserve their Welsh identity. They did, however, transplant much of their culture with them. As time passed, however, the old ways were bound to experience the flux of memory. “There is strange how things come back if you start to think of one thing and become tangled up in memory,” mused Huw Morgan, the narrator in Richard Llewellyn's ever-popular novel How Green Was My Valley. “Sometimes you think of a thing, and it reminds you of something else, but nearly always you forget why it should remind you, and you find you have forgotten the link between them,” adds Morgan.

Keywords:   Welsh emigrants, Welsh identity, old ways, flux of memory, Huw Morgan, Richard Llewellyn

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