Prairie Voices: An Oral History

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Prairie Voices: An Oral History

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An Oral History of Scandinavian Americans
in the Upper Midwest, by Gerald D. Anderson.
In 1976, the Northwest Minnesota Regional History Center,
a part of the Minnesota Historical society, conducted a
bi-centennial project to record the voices of first and second generation Scandinavian immigrants in the Upper Midwest, especially in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota. Gerald D. Anderson traveled to their homes and interviewed more than a hundred immigrants or their children to gather information on the immigrant experience. Among the issues explored were conditions in the home country, reasons for emigration, the route of the emigrants and the voyage to America, initial impressions, and the first year in America. It also explored the intense feelings of the “divided heart” and the psychological crisis of leaving family and friends behind, and the acculturation of the immigrants, and retention of Scandinavian traditions and attitudes as they existed at the time of the bi-centennial. The Swedes, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Icelanders, and the Finns told of their customs, their church, their educational experiences, their language, their literature, their music, and, of course, their cuisine. These are wonderful and poignant words.
Paperback, 470pp. 2014

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