Norwegians and Swedes in the United States: Friends and Neighbors

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To early American immigrants, nineteenth-century newcomers from the Scandinavian peninsula likely seemed all of a type. to immigrants hailing from Norway and Sweden, however, differences in language, culture, and religion sorted them into distinct groupings: not Scandinavian, but Norwegian or Swedish—and proud of their lineage.

How did these differences affect relationships in the new world? In what ways did Swedes and Norwegians preserve their cultures in the city and in rural ...

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Overview

To early American immigrants, nineteenth-century newcomers from the Scandinavian peninsula likely seemed all of a type. to immigrants hailing from Norway and Sweden, however, differences in language, culture, and religion sorted them into distinct groupings: not Scandinavian, but Norwegian or Swedish—and proud of their lineage.

How did these differences affect relationships in the new world? In what ways did Swedes and Norwegians preserve their cultures in the city and in rural areas? On what political subjects did they disagree—or perhaps agree? Did they build communities together or in opposition to each other? Where they were neighbors, were they also friends? In this groundbreaking volume, scholars from the United States, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark debate these issues and more, sharing perspectives on context, culture, conflict, and community.

Essayists include Philip J. Anderson, Jennifer Attebery, H. Arnold Barton, Ulf Jonas Björk, Dag Blanck, Jørn Brøndal, Angela Falk, Mark Granquist, Per Olof Grönberg, Ingeborg Kongslien, James p. Leary, Joy K. Lintelman, Odd S. Lovoll, David Mauk, Byron J. Nordstrom, Kurt W. Peterson, Harald Runblom, and Mark Safstrom.

Philip J. Anderson is professor of church history at North Park University in Chicago. Dag Blanck is director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, Rock Island, and associate professor of history at Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873518161
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 997,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Donna R. Gabaccia vii

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Friends and Neighbors?: Patterns of Norwegian-Swedish Interaction in the United States Dag Blanck 5

Chapter 2 Norwegians and Swedes in America: Some Comparisons H. Arnold Barton 21

Culture

Chapter 3 Preserving a Cultural Heritage across Boundaries: A Comparative Perspective on Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt and Nordmanns-Forbundet Odd S. Lovoll 37

Chapter 4 Freedom, Identity, and Double Perspectives: Representations of the Migrant Experience in the Novels of Vilhelm Moberg and O. E. Rølvaag Ingeborg Kongslien 54

Chapter 5 "Är Du Svensk?"-"Norsk! Norsk!": Folk Humor and Cultural Difference in Scandinavian America James P. Leary 67

Chapter 6 Long after the Immigrant Language Shift: Swedish and Norwegian in Heritage Communities Angela Folk 85

Chapter 7 Writing History Together: Norwegian American and Swedish American Historians in Dialogue Mark Safstrom 107

Conflict

Chapter 8 "We Are Norwegians and Swedes Now, Not Scandinavians": The Impact of Norwegian Independence on Scandinavian American Politics in the Midwest JørnBrøndal 125

Chapter 9 An End to Brotherhood? Swedes and Norwegians in America Discuss the 1905 Union Dissolution Ulf Jonas Björk 139

Chapter 10 "The Sociological Factor Is Not to Be Underestimated": Swedes, Norwegians, and American Lutheran Merger Negotiations, 1920-60 Mark Granquist 154

Chapter 11 A Question of Conscience: Minnesota's Norwegian American Lutherans and the Teaching of Evolution Kurt W. Peterson 17?

Community

Chapter 12 Journeymen or Traditional Emigrants? Norwegian and Swedish Engineers and Architects in North America, 1880-1930 Per-Olof Grönberg 197

Chapter 13 Corncobs to Classmates: Swedish Americans at a Norwegian American College Joy K. Lintelman 219

Chapter 14 A Scandinavian Enclave on Lake Superior's North Shore: Settlement Patterns and Community Building among Norwegians, Swedes, and Swede Finns in Hovland, Minnesota, 1888-1932 Philip J. Anderson 236

Chapter is Norwegians and Swedes in Willmar, Minnesota, in the Early Twentieth Century: Neighbors, Friends, Schoolmates, and Lovers Byron J Nordstrom 258

Chapter 16 The Basis for Pan-Scandinavian Cooperation in Minneapolis-St. Paul: Nordic Involvement in American Politics Prior to 1930 David C. Mauk 275

Chapter 17 Scandinavianism in the Rocky Mountain West: Pragmatic and Programmatic Jennifer Eastman Attebery 295

Notes on Contributors 308

Index 311

Image Credits 329

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