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Walking to America: A Boyhood Dream
Walking To America follows and recreates an immense family journey, in search of a new life and a miracle doctor who could cure the blindness of one of their number. The journey was taken largely on foot from England in the 1880s, to Liverpool, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and back again. Written as travelogue and as a history of one o ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Birlinn Ltd
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Hutchinson thought he was descended from a long line of people who never strayed far from the locale they were born and brought up in. When he found out that part of his family had gone to the US in the 19th century then come back again, he set off to discover more. This was an interesting tale of immigration and how events affected working class people in the north. I liked Hutchinson's writing style and the people he talked about lovingly came to life from off the page.