I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson

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"Near the end of her life, Mina Anderson wrote a lively, intimate memoir, a piece so interesting and informative that renowned Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg used it to shape the central female character of his beloved emigrant novels. But Moberg's archetypical Swedish settler "Kristina" is lonely and depressed, constantly yearning for her homeland." "Mina's story was quite different." "Showcasing this previously untranslated memoir, I Go to America traces Mina's trip across the Atlantic to Wisconsin and then to the Twin Cities, where she worked ...
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"Near the end of her life, Mina Anderson wrote a lively, intimate memoir, a piece so interesting and informative that renowned Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg used it to shape the central female character of his beloved emigrant novels. But Moberg's archetypical Swedish settler "Kristina" is lonely and depressed, constantly yearning for her homeland." "Mina's story was quite different." "Showcasing this previously untranslated memoir, I Go to America traces Mina's trip across the Atlantic to Wisconsin and then to the Twin Cities, where she worked as a domestic servant. It explores her move to rural Mille Lacs County, where she and her husband worked a farm, raised seven children, and contributed widely to rural Swedish community life through her poetry, fiction, and letters to Swedish American newspapers." "Unlike Moberg's Kristina, Mina herself writes about how grateful she was for the opportunity to be in America, where her pay was better, class differences were unconfining, and children - girls included - had the chance for a good education. In her own words, "I have never regretted that I left Sweden. I have had it better here." Author Joy Lintelman greatly expands upon Mina's memoir, detailing the social, cultural, and economic realities experienced by countless Swedish women of her station. Lintelman offers readers both an intimate portrait of Mina Anderson and a window into the lives of nearly 250,000 young, single Swedish women who immigrated to America from 1881 to 1920 and whose courage, hard work, and pragmatism embody the American dream.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873518352
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 717,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 "I Grew Up on Simple Fare" 13

2 "So Tired of Hard Work and Disappointment" 39

3 "I Go to America" 67

4 "A Good Position" 92

5 "A Nice Little Nest" 135

6 "I Was Happy When I Heard Them Hammering" 177

Epilogue 219

Appendix 225

Notes 229

Selected Bibliography 269

Index 285

Illustration and Map Credits 294

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