The Welsh in Iowa

Cherilyn Walley

The Welsh in Iowa

Cherilyn Walley

Distributed for University of Wales Press

248 pages | 48 maps, 13 graphs, 10 tables | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780708322222 Published October 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Welsh in Iowa is a history of the little-known Welsh immigrant communities that dot the Iowa countryside. Identifying the qualities that made the Welsh unique as immigrants, migrants, and settlers to North America, Cherilyn Walley analyzes documentary evidence, as well as community and oral histories, in order to examine Welsh culture as it was expressed in middle America by the farmers and coal miners who passed through the prairie state as it grew to maturity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



List of Figures

List of Tables


1        The Welsh

2        Iowa

3        The Welsh in Iowa

4        Demographic Profile

5        Welsh Coal Miners


Appendix A. Welsh Agricultural Communities

Appendix B. Welsh Mining Communities

Appendix C. Iowa Welsh Community Settlement Timeline

Appendix D. Iowa Welsh Church Organization Timeline



Review Quotes
Douglas Hurt, Purdue University
“Cherilyn Walley has written a rich history of the Welsh in Iowa. This study expands our knowledge of the Welsh in the American Midwest by emphasizing agricultural and mining communities from the 1830s to the early twentieth century. The result is an important study of Welsh immigration, settlement and identity as well as a reasoned analysis of Welsh assimilation and acculturation.”
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