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The revised and expanded edition of Frederick Hale's "Swedes in Wisconsin" begins with the story of the state's first legal Swedish immigrants, a group of six young people and a hunting dog who set sail from Gavle, Sweden, in 1841 and established Wisconsin's first Swedish settlement, New Uppsala, along Pine Lake in Waukesha County.
Hale describes the mass emigration from Sweden to the Midwest that began during the late 1860s and fundamentally changed both Sweden and the Midwest. During this time more than a million Swedes left their homeland for North America, motivated at least in part by a huge population surge that overtaxed Sweden's relatively small amount of arable land (agriculture served until the twentieth century as the Swedish economy's mainstay).
Updates for the new edition include new photos and excerpts from letters Swedish novelist and feminist Fredrika Bremer wrote to her sister while touring the Wisconsin frontier in the autumn of 1850.
Title: Swedes in Wisconsin [revised and expanded edition]
Illustrator: Reg. Price: $9.95
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press: c2002
ISBN Number: 0870203371
ISBN Number 13: 9780870203374
Book Details: 72 pages, 6 x 9, 40 b/w photos, 1 map, paperback, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 203371
Description: A concise introduction to Wisconsin's Swedish immigrants
Swedes in Wisconsin chronicles the state's early Swedish immigrants. Scholar Frederick Hale relates the reasons these emigrants left for the New World, their arduous journeys to North American soil, and their establishment of communities in Wisconsin, including the state's first Swedish settlement, New Upsala at Pine Lake in Waukesha County.
New to this edition are the selected letters of Swedish novelist and feminist Frederika Bremer, who visited Wisconsin in the autumn of 1850. During her two-week trek over the "new-born roads" of the southern section of the state, Bremer lodged at humble farmhouses and boarding rooms, met literary and political figures, and beheld the "vast, glorious landscape" of Wisconsin's forests and prairies. Her letters to a sister back home offer insights into the Swedish immigrant experience and reveal how early Wisconsin appeared to a Swedish visitor.
Frederick Hale has advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, and the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books in the field of Scandinavian immigration and has contributed articles to historical, literary, and theological journals in Europe, Africa, and the United States.