In Their Own Words by Solveig Zempel
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In Their Own Words
By Solveig Zempel

In Their Own Words

Letters from Norwegian Immigrants

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In Their Own Words by Solveig Zempel

Book Description

Through translations of letters written to family and friends between 1870 and 1945, this book traces the stories of nine Norwegian immigrants. Farmer, fisherman, gold miner, politician, unmarried mother, housewife, businessman, railroad worker - their common bond was the experience of immigration and acculturation, but their individual experiences are manifested in a wide variety of forms. They came from vastly differing backgrounds in Norway to settle in the Midwest, on the West Coast, the East Coast and in Alaska, as well as Chicago and Brooklyn. The author has selected and translated letters rich in personal description and observation to present each writer's subjective view of historical events. Often focusing on the minutiae of daily life or the feelings of the individual immigrant, the letters are constructed from different voices, experiences, times, places, occupations, sexes and generations to form a complex and colourful mosaic of immigrant experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816618590
ISBN-10: 0816618593
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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