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Why We Left’ Explores Reasons Behind Early English Immigration

Evening Edition

Aired 11/18/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Joanna Brooks, Author, Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants


Next week, we celebrate Thanksgiving and the arrival of the first European immigrants to America.

The trip to the New World was very difficult, many of the colonists died building crude settlements. So the question arises, why did they come to America in the first place?

A new book challenges the usual answer that most settlers came seeking opportunity and religious freedom.

It proposes a whole range of reasons for making that dangerous voyage including environmental damage and social injustice in Europe.

Tonight, SDSU English Professor and author Joanna Brooks will discuss her latest book Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants at the San Diego Central Library at 6:30 p.m..

Brooks draws from early folk ballads of England and America to understand why people crossed the Atlantic to live in a strange new world.

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JeanMarc | November 20, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

We left to get away from the UK, and now we are turning into nancies like the UK.

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MrsGrundy | November 22, 2013 at 9:21 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Apparently there is some debate as to whether we actually left at all,after the appointment in 2000, by Katherine Harris, this letter was posted:

London, 8th November 2000.
To the citizens of the United States of America,

To the citizens of the United States of America, in light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II resumes monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

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