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Welsh in Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded

Welsh in Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded
Welsh in Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded
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64 pp, photos
ISBN: 9780870203565

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Phillip G. Davies

The Welsh entered Wisconsin in substantial numbers between 1840 and 1890. Most were small farmers in search of arable land on which to raise their crops and families. Unlike other ethnic groups, the Welsh settled together and dreamed of a Welsh state of exclusively Welsh communities. They tended to worship in their own churches, and to cling to their language and customs. They were alone among the people of the British Isles in that they did not speak English as a mother tongue. This volume contains anecdotes from early immigrant life, as well as photographs and a detailed history of Welsh churches in Wisconsin.


Phillips G. Davies, part Welsh himself, graduated from Marquette University in 1946 and held advanced degrees from Northwestern University. He taught in the English department at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa beginning in 1954. Although he published some articles on literary subjects, his later publications were translations of accounts about Welsh settlements, mostly in the Middle West. These appeared in the journals of several state historical societies.