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The Strange American Way Hardcover – October 1, 1970

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“Important addition to the recent literature in what may be broadly called ethnic studies… Recommended for all college and university libraries interested in ethnic studies.”—Choice

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Text: English, Norwegian (translation)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809304406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809304400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In 1855, the recently-ordained young Norwegian immigrant pastor Johan Storm Munch and his wife Caja came to Wiota in southern Wisconsin to organize a rural church to serve the enclave of families who had arrived from Norway over the previous few years.

The book, by Peter Munch, grandson of the subject Munch's, consists of 1) a forward relating the very interesting story of how the material was located, 2) letters written between 1855 and 1859 by Caja Munch to her family in Norway; 3) a memoir by the pastor covering the same years as the letters; and 4) an excellent essay by Peter Munch, "Social Class and Acculturation," about the Norwegian immigrant experience, especially that of the group of Lutheran pastors who had arrived to serve the several communities in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota during the time of the letters.

The book provides a wonderful portrait of both the pastors' families and those of their charges, the farmers struggling to make a living on the land in a new and undeveloped area. There is no shortage of animosity on the side of the educated Munch's toward the less sophisticated farmers and, as we learn in Caja's letters especially, vice versa.

An excellent book on several counts.
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