The Resource Homesickness : an American history, Susan J. Matt

Homesickness : an American history, Susan J. Matt

Label
Homesickness : an American history
Title
Homesickness
Title remainder
an American history
Statement of responsibility
Susan J. Matt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Homesickness today is dismissed as a sign of immaturity, what children feel at summer camp, but in the nineteenth century it was recognized as a powerful emotion. When gold miners in California heard the tune 'Home, Sweet Home, ' they sobbed. When Civil War soldiers became homesick, army doctors sent them home, lest they die. Such images don't fit with our national mythology, which celebrates the restless individualism of colonists, explorers, pioneers, soldiers, and immigrants who supposedly left home and never looked back. Using letters, diaries, memoirs, medical records, and psychological studies, this wide-ranging book uncovers the profound pain felt by Americans on the move from the country's founding until the present day. Susan Matt shows how colonists in Jamestown longed for and often returned to England, African Americans during the Great Migration yearned for their Southern homes, and immigrants nursed memories of Sicily and Guadalajara and, even after years in America, frequently traveled home. These iconic symbols of the undaunted, forward-looking American spirit were often homesick, hesitant, and reluctant voyagers. National ideology and modern psychology obscure this truth, portraying movement as easy, but in fact Americans had to learn how to leave home, learn to be individualists. Even today, in a global society that prizes movement and that condemns homesickness as a childish emotion, colleges counsel young adults and their families on how to manage the transition away from home, suburbanites pine for their old neighborhoods, and companies take seriously the emotional toll borne by relocated executives and road warriors. In the age of helicopter parents and boomerang kids, and the new social networks that sustain connections across the miles, Americans continue to assert the significance of home ties. By highlighting how Americans reacted to moving farther and farther from their roots, Homesickness: An American History revises long-held assumptions about home, mobility, and our national identity"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
MHW
Dewey number
155.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF575.N6
LC item number
M295 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Homesickness : an American history, Susan J. Matt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Emotions in early America -- Painful lessons in individualism -- A house divided -- Breaking home ties -- Immigrants and the dream of return -- Transferring loyalties -- Mama's boys, organization men, boomerang kids, and the surprising persistence of the extended family -- Conclusion. Of helicopter parents, facebook, and Wal-Mart : homesickness in contemporary America
Control code
ocn793166837
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 343 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199707447
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b2653325x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)793166837
  • ebsco0199707448

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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