Ethnic Leadership and Midwestern Politics

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"If historians were once preoccupied with politics, they are no more. In the past century history has embraced the whole range of human activity. Yet historians cannot, or at least ought not, avoid politics. Aristotle was right: humans are by nature political beings and politics is naturally an essential human activity. Whatever else history must do, then, it needs always to take politics into account." The Norwegian-American Historical Association is therefore pleased to publish Jorn Brondal's study of Scandinavian-Americans in politics. His ...
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Overview

"If historians were once preoccupied with politics, they are no more. In the past century history has embraced the whole range of human activity. Yet historians cannot, or at least ought not, avoid politics. Aristotle was right: humans are by nature political beings and politics is naturally an essential human activity. Whatever else history must do, then, it needs always to take politics into account." The Norwegian-American Historical Association is therefore pleased to publish Jorn Brondal's study of Scandinavian-Americans in politics. His book is noteworthy for its emphasis on the role played in American politics by cohorts of ethnic leaders. It is also an able contribution to an undeveloped field, the comparative study of Scandinavian ethnic groups in the United States. In these respects his work complements other studies, including a number published by the Association itself, that have emphasized popular involvement in Norwegian-American politics or the careers in politics of single individuals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877320951
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the problem : ethnic leadership and Midwestern politics
Introduction : organization of the book
Ch. 1 Entering Wisconsin's ethnic patchwork quilt
Ch. 2 Pastors and politics
Ch. 3 Secular societies
Ch. 4 The press
Ch. 5 Scandinavian Americans enter politics
Ch. 6 The transformation of politics in Wisconsin
Ch. 7 Battles against tradition
Ch. 8 Scandinavian-American identity and political values
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