Searching for Charles: The Untold Legacy of an Immigrant's American Adventure (Hardcover)

Searching for Charles: The Untold Legacy of an Immigrant's American Adventure By Stephen Watts Cover Image
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  • Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 1st Place in 1) History Nonfiction, 2) Letters, Journals, Diaries; and Honorable Mentions in 1) Biography/Autobiography/Memoir, 2) New Author: Nonfiction (2023)
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  • Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Book Awards 2nd Place in History (2023)
  • Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards 3rd Place in Autobiography/Biography/Memoir (2023)
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society Special Recognition Award (2023)
  • Nellie Bly Chanticleer International Book Awards Finalist in Journalistic Non-Fiction (2023)
  • Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards Finalist in 1) Nonfiction: History, 2) Nonfiction: True Story (2023)
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What started as a project to archive a family's genealogy files became an insightful window into the life of Charles Watts, one of the millions of Dickens-era working-class English emigrants who risked everything for the possibility of better opportunities in distant lands.

Searching for Charles is the chronological account of Watts's experiences as told through his letters home-and the subsequent five-decade multigenerational search by his descendants. This book contains the only published, complete transcriptions of Watts's letters. They cover a wide range of topics, including farming, European revolutions, Native Americans, a burgeoning family feud, and firsthand accounts of the rapidly expanding population of early nineteenth-century America, along with the opportunities provided by its explosive growth.

Searching for Charles is for readers interested in how the discoveries encountered during a half-century genealogical journey can unfold into a dramatic and surprising account of the hidden life of an unhistoric man.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781544531946
ISBN-10: 154453194X
Publisher: Houndstooth Press
Publication Date: September 30th, 2022
Pages: 604
Language: English