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News Archive 2009

Cohn Explores European Immigration to the Antebellum U.S.

Cambridge University Press announced the February 2009 release of a scholarly work by Raymond Cohn, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Illinois State University. Mass Migration Under Sail: European Immigration to the Antebellum United States offers a comprehensive analysis of the economic history of European immigration to the United States in the antebellum period. Professor Cohn examines patterns of immigration from Ireland, Germany and Great Britain and the sources of change in immigration flows. In addition, the book explores where migrants came from within each country, who chose to migrate, various aspects of the Atlantic crossing, the jobs obtained by these immigrants, and economic consequences for the antebellum United States and the immgrants themselves.

Professor Cohn earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and provided many years of productive teaching, research and service to Illinois State University prior to his retirement in December of 2008. His work appears in the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Social Science History, International Journal of Maritime History and several other academic outlets.

Additional information on Professor Cohn's book is available from Cambridge University Press.

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