Finns in Michigan

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In Finns in Michigan Gary Kaunonen probes the intricacies of immigration, labor, and ideology among the members of this intriguing and historically important ethnic group. He skillfully traces the evolution of a vibrant, diverse, dramatic, and at times deeply quarrelsome people who left an indelible mark on the state's history.
     Kaunonen examines the many schisms and splits that define the course of Finnish social life in Michigan. Michigan's Finns ...

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Overview

In Finns in Michigan Gary Kaunonen probes the intricacies of immigration, labor, and ideology among the members of this intriguing and historically important ethnic group. He skillfully traces the evolution of a vibrant, diverse, dramatic, and at times deeply quarrelsome people who left an indelible mark on the state's history.
     Kaunonen examines the many schisms and splits that define the course of Finnish social life in Michigan. Michigan's Finns flocked to diverse cultural organizations that span a broad ideological spectrum. This book examines an extraordinarily wide range of organizations, including religious institutions, temperance societies, working-class political and labor groups, the cooperative movement, and a nationalist association of Finns.
     Finns in Michigan is a study of the contributions of Michigan's Finns in the workplace, in society, and in cultural life. Unlike previous, sometimes mythologized, histories of the Finns in Michigan, Kaunonen's rendition strives to be a more accurate representation of "the good, the bad, and the other" activities of a group he calls "possibly America's most diverse family."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870138447
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Series: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series
  • Pages: 123
  • Sales rank: 1,004,802
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Finns Out, "Jack-pine Savages" In 5

Finns at Work in Michigan: Heavy Industry 17

Finns at Work in Michigan: Traditional Labor 41

Cultural Organizations of the Finns in Michigan 57

Conclusion 87

Sidebars

The Copper Country Giant - Big Louie Moilanen 3

Kaleva, Michigan 11

Swede-Finns in Michigan 14

"Finglish" 18

Hanka Homestead 47

Finnish Immigrant Press 85

App. 1 Finnish American Cultural and Historical Societies in Michigan 95

App. 2 "Finn" Recipes 97

Notes 99

For Further Reference 111

Index 119

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