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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (October 31, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816610002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816610006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CultureVulture on July 2, 2011
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I read this very quickly, yet thoroughly. The book tied together many bits of information I'd uncovered over years of doing genealogical research. I appreciated specific accounts of life aboard ship, travel routes and early settlements. Good descriptions of interrelationships among immigrants made a lasting impression. It also gave me new directions to pursue in my research. This is worth reading even if one doesn't have Norwegian ancestors because many of their hardships apply to all newcomers to America.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anita L. on December 28, 2012
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The author provides valuable information on the migration of Norwegians to America from a Norwegian perspective, but also helps fill in historical gaps for Americans. Details of the settlement of the midwest are covered in this book, which help explain the attitudes and philosophy of the people in the area today. In a very matter-of-fact way, the author presents the considerable Norwegian contributions to the development of the frontier - why they came, where they came from and how they adapted to their new environment. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in understanding regional differences in America as well as their Norwegian roots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Yoshimura on July 31, 2013
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This book has been helpful for understanding my Norwegian grandfather's life. He died long before any of his grandchildren were born, so this fills in some of the gaps in my imagination about what his life might have been like before he met and married my Irish grandmother.
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By John Grimsrud on April 9, 2014
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Historically documented, factually researched, and superbly edited, this book is a stand alone testimonial to America’s ethnic foundations. It is a memorable link to all emigrants. It is hard to put down.
An excerpt: “The old country honored its countrymen who had emigrated by sending representatives of the cabinet, the parliament, the church, the university and the colleges, and a number of organizations — from the Authors’ Society to the League of Farm Youth. Each brought greetings and homage. The high point in the festivities was reached on the day when Calvin Coolidge, president of the United States, appeared at the fairgrounds. He spoke to 80,000 listeners, and a new invention known as a loudspeaker carried his voice to all. He had handsome words for the work of Norwegians in America, emphasizing that they had been good citizens, loyal to their new country in peace and war, and he did not fail to make the connection with Leif Ericson and the discovery of Vinland. These were days when it felt good to be a Norwegian-American. The pioneers of 1840 were long since gone, but some of the younger people from the wave of the 1860s and many of the later pioneers sat on the platform and listened. They might let their thoughts wander back in time and nod: Yes, it was true. They had worked hard. They had contributed something to the building of this country. They had seen vast changes since the time they tramped westward with a pair of oxen hitched to a covered wagon in the burning sun of the prairie looking for a piece of land they could till.”
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An excellent review of the factors that led so many Norwegians to emigrate to America in the 19th century. Norway was second only to Ireland in the percentage of the population that emigrated to America.
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