Beginning in the 1850s, thousands of immigrants from Nordic countries settled in Minnesota and quickly established themselves in the political life of their new home. These Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns, and Icelanders first sowed their political seeds at the local level—as town clerks, city councilmen, county commissioners, sheriffs—and then broadened their sights to the state and national realm. Nordic immigrants served as governors, as Minnesota state senators and representatives, as U.S. congressmen, and as vice presidents of the United States. Many came to this country for political reasons and became radicals and activists in Minnesota. Others served as key leaders within the state's political parties.In Scandinavians in the State House , Klas Bergman explores who these immigrant politicians were and what drove them to become civically involved so soon after arriving in Minnesota. Profiling the individuals and movements at the forefront of this political activity, at the state and local level, Bergman examines the diverse political philosophies of the immigrant communities and reveals the lasting legacy of Scandinavian politicians in the creation of modern Minnesota—from Nelson and Olson, to Andersen and Carlson, to Humphrey and Mondale.
|Publisher:||Minnesota Historical Society Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Klas Bergman was born in Sweden and has lived in the United States on and off since the early 1980s. He has spent more than two decades working in journalism and international affairs. Bergman lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Table of Contents
1 The Beginnings 3
2 Four Pioneers 28
3 Soon There Were Thousands 50
4 From Protests to Repression 80
5 Radicals in Exile 104
6 Finns on the Range 123
7 Third Becomes First 146
8 Two New Parties 167
9 From Snoose Boulevard to Little Mogadishu 195
10 On the Scandinavian Road 211