Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2005


Published in Great Plains Research 15:2 (Fall 2005). Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Perilous Voyages exemplifies the fact that one can learn much about immigration by focusing on specific journeys. As Konecny and Machann show, this focus enables readers to view immigration as a set of complex decisions of troubled individuals rather than as a movement of masses. The authors have unearthed critical historical materials that shed new light on Texas immigration. The book communicates not only valuable facts but also excitement over discovering previously unpublished materials of narrative interest and historical power: Texas travel adventure in the diary of William Wright (April-May 1879), oral history about the voyage of thirty-six Moravians (1873), and Kingsbury's pamphlet glorifying Texas.