Tag Archives: emigration

El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois)

TITLE: El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, talltale, emigration, farming EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Sandburg) As the United States grew and frontier moved westward, many hardworking individuals and families sought fertile land that was either free or at least cheap, and as Alan Lomax wrote, “Every American pioneer had read more »

Across the Western Ocean

TITLE: Across the Western Ocean AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: emigration, poverty, hardtimes EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Sandburg) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Irish Potato Famine 1846-1850 Penniless in the wake of a potato famine in their homeland, one and a half million Irish people immigrated to the United States between 1846 and 1850. Their read more »