Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier
Author(s): Anne Kelly Knowles
Bringing immigrants onstage as central players in the drama of rural capitalist transformation, Anne Kelly Knowles traces a community of Welsh immigrants to Jackson and Gallia counties in southern Ohio. After reconstructing the gradual process of community-building, Knowles focuses on the pivotal moment when the immigrants became involved with the industrialization of their new region as workers and investors in Welsh-owned charcoal iron companies. Setting the southern Ohio Welsh in the context of Welsh immigration as a whole from to , Knowles explores how these strict Calvinists responded to the moral dilemmas posed by leaving their native land and experiencing economic success in the United States.Knowles draws on a wide variety of sources, including obituaries and community histories, to reconstruct the personal histories of over , immigrants. The resulting account will find appreciative readers not only among historical geographers, but also among American economic historians and historians of religion.
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