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I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson Hardcover – March 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873516362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873516365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joy Skeers on December 25, 2009
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I read about this book on a Facebook link called Swedish Passport. It said if you had a relative who immigrated from Sweden to the US between 1880-1920, this book would pretty much describe what life was like. I was curious and have a new admiration for my grandparents and their siblings. This is a history book, not a novel.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Karna Olsson on July 14, 2009
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"I Go to America" is much more than a retelling of Mina Anderson's life. The author has performed an amazing study of the Swedish woman's life in Sweden and subsequently in America following immigration. The book is well written and easy to read. This is a must for any person interested in Swedish-American history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kindergarten cop on August 7, 2012
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This is a great book about one woman's experience in emmigrating to America from Sweden in the late 1800s. It helps the reader better understand what things were like for those who left homes and families , many never to see them again, for a better way of life. If you are studying your own family history, this is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerstin Hallert on April 27, 2014
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A beautifully researched book by historian Joy K Lintelman on the bravest of the brave: the single immigrant girl during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century.
On leaving Sweden and its traditional patriarchal society women faced for the first time in history an alternative in the world's first money economy, the United States.It is not the point of this book to emphasize the blessings of it even if one is constantly reminded of its importance. Earning enough money on her own to send money back to Sweden was an unheard of success for a single woman. None of them knew the language on arriving yet were better prepared than they knew from the Cinderella life they had known as despised servants in Sweden.
In America the pay was different not the least for those arriving with a proper education such as teachers nurses or physical therapists. The single girls did so well that some preferred never marrying treasuring their independence.
Much more needs to be told of the ways American society freed the immigrant women - the book does not for instance mention the revolution which was the right to divorce. Swedish married immigrant women did in fact divorce as early as in the 1860's as can be seen in the archives of the county courts in even tiny Minnesota communities. I much regret the silence surrounding divorces, after all
the rights bestowed on women are no small thing, but the pride of American history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Witwer on May 20, 2014
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Very insightful look at 1800's Swedish women in Sweden and coming to America. A hardwork ethic that continued through the years. Enjoyed the book very much. Jane Witwer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Montoya on May 16, 2013
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This book gave me insight into my grandmother's life. She came from Sweden to South Dakota about the same time.
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I saw so much in this book that reminded me of my grandparents. Farfar and farmor took separate paths to America, met up in western Montana, married and raised a family on a homestead. This book cleared up many questions I had about their early life in the new land.
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