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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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Community, Republicanism, & Social Mobility

Community, Republicanism, & Social Mobility

(p.91) 3 Community, Republicanism, & Social Mobility
Welsh Americans

Ronald L. Lewis

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the eminent Welsh historian Glanmor Williams's essay entitled “A Prospect of Paradise?” in which he argues that the century between 1815 and 1914 represented “a unique chapter in Welsh-American relationships, the like of which can never be repeated. Wales gave America a host of her sons and daughters; America offered them a haven, opportunity and a future. The two countries shared in a religious, political, moral and cultural connexion [sic], which brimmed over with a spirit of confidence and optimism.” Beyond the belief that emigrants could elevate their economic position in America, Welsh immigrants also were attracted by the radical social and political ideals of a society that was more equal and democratic, the lack of privileged aristocracy, and the absence of an official state church.

Keywords:   eminent Welsh historian, Glanmor Williams, Welsh immigrants, privileged aristocracy, official state church

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