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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; First Edition edition (January 3, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816618593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816618590
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zempel's work in compiling and translating this book of letters is a tribute to the Norwegian immigrant experience. Through these letters one discovers the great hardship and great joy brought to these individuals who in many circumstances travelled great distances on their own. Thank you for bringing insight to my own families experience through the voices of those who had the courage to venture before.
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This collection of letters sent by Norwegian immigrants to relatives back in the old country is fascinating. The men and women who came to America seeking a better life were aware that they likely would never see those they left behind in Norway, yet bravely related their experiences and resolve to make a new community in their adopted land. Prof. Zempel's crisp translation makes the letters seem like they are written today. They show the pathos of sons and daughters who understand they'll never see their parents in this life, and the pride of a family as it makes a home and a future in their new community. For someone who seeks more understanding about the immigrant story in America or how the immigrant experience threatened and strengthened family ties, this volume contains helpful stories.
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I felt the book was very well researched and reflected the experiences of my ancestors in the same time frame. My Great Grandparents came to America on a sailing ship in the 1860's, traveled first to Iowa and then by covered wagon to Fillmore, Minnesota, and finally settled in Barnes County, ND on the farm I grew up on. That was in the 1890's. My Great-grandmothers last name is even the same as one of the letter writers who followed that path.
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This is a charming book of letters from Norwegian immigrants to friends and relatives back home. The collection spans a century of writing by folks from various parts of Norway who lived in various parts of the US with a wide variety of trades and occupations and writing styles. Women are included. Each set of letters is preceded by a brief background of the writer. Additional comments accompany some letters, not all of which are complete. It is a nice touch that even fragments are included. The only thing that would have enhanced my enjoyment was some commentary at the end of each set about what happened to the writer and/or people mentioned in the letters in order to provide closure.
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The book is interesting for the immigrants that are included. I was disappointed there weren't any folks from Iowa. Plus, the turn-of-the-century (20th century) were omitted.
Anyone considering buying the book should do a bit more research than I did!
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Transcripts of letters of immigrants gives a great picture of immigrants' lives in America and historical data for American researchers..
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A lovely old book at the right price. Quick shipping. Thank you.
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