Memories of Carolinian Immigrants: Autobiographies, Diaries, and Letters from Colonial Times to the Present

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Andreas Lixl
University Press of America, May 16, 2009 - History - 284 pages
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This is a book about identity and remembrance. This anthology presents personal narratives and historical photographs that illuminate the diversity of immigrant experiences in North and South Carolina since 1700. The broad focus of the book encompasses all walks of life and documents three centuries of social, political, artistic, and cultural history. The chapters follow historical timelines starting with colonial experiences leading up to the American Revolution, followed by immigrant accounts before and during the Civil War, experiences in the New South, and memories of twentieth century immigrants and the most recent arrivals. The common denominators of the autobiographies, diaries, and letters hinge on the confluence of American patriotism and immigrant pride, coupled with old world loyalties and new world ambitions that reflect the demographic shift from European to Asian and Hispanic immigrants in the American Southeast.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 Christoph von Graffenried Account of the Founding of New Bern
3
Chapter 02 Robert Witherspoon Memories of a South Carolinian Settler
12
Letters from a Scottish Pioneer
18
Chapter 04 Olaudah Equiano An Africans Account
24
Chapter 05 August Spangenberg The Moravian Diary
29
Chapter 06 Mary Gloud Testimony in the Indian Book
40
Chapter 07 Janet Schaw Journal of an English Lady
42
Part II MEMORIES OF REVOLUTION PEACE AND WAR 17761865
57
Chapter 21 George Mehales Dixie Lunch Memories
147
Chapter 22 Anna Gelson Berendt From Ellis Island to Yonges Island
155
Chapter 23 Hugh MacRay Bringing Immigrants to the South
161
Chapter 24 Thelma Wingate Scandinavians follow the Sea
167
Chapter 25 Constantin Geraris Life of a Greek Restaurateur
175
Part IV MODERN DAY MEMORIES OF CAROLINIAN IMMIGRANTS
197
Chapter 26 Max Heller Memories of a Greenville Mayor
199
Chapter 27 Durba Ahmed Not as American as Apple Pie
206

Chapter 08 Christiana Teulon Declaration of a Revolutionary War Widow
59
Chapter 09 Joseph Salvador Letter from Charleston
62
Chapter 10 The Confession of Monday Gell
66
Chapter 11 Chang and Eng Bunker Family Letters
70
Chapter 12 Omar ibn Said Autobiography of a Slave in North Carolina
73
Chapter 13 Charles Ball Slave Migration
80
Chapter 14 Lena Pearlstine Berkman Passage from Poland
89
Chapter 15 Hermann Bokum A Refugees Testimony
93
Chapter 16 Loreta Velazquez Civil War Exploits and Travels
106
Part III NEW CAROLINIANS IN THE NEW SOUTH 18651938
121
Chapter 17 Nicholas Said Memories of an African Muslim
123
Home of the Industrious Immigrant
128
Chapter 19 Nettie McCormick Henley Scottish Legacies
133
Chapter 20 Louis Philippe Guigou Waldensian Trail of Faith
137
Chapter 28 Gisela Hood Cold War Bride
209
Chapter 29 The Khalid Family Every Place That You Call Yours Is Gods
212
Chapter 30 Kwame Dawes A Jamaican Father
216
Chapter 31 Seira Reyes An Artists Journey
219
Chapter 32 Diana de Anda Versos
222
Chapter 33 Tria Her Hmong Interview
224
Chapter 34 Hispanic Voices Memories of New Carolinians
229
Chapter 35 Xiaolan Zhuang My Life before and after Coming to the Carolinas
233
Chapter 36 Jaime Farrugia My Immigrant Story
238
Selected Bibliography
241
Credits
257
Index
263
About the Edito
269
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Andreas Lixl is Professor of German and European Studies and Head of the Department of German and Russian at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His publications include anthologies of Jewish autobiographies, exile memoirs, as well as college textbooks and a monograph on political playwrights in Weimar Germany.

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