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Norwegians on the Prairie : Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town

Lovoll, Odd Sverre

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ISBN 10: 0873515714 / ISBN 13: 9780873515719
Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2006
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"Because scholars of the Norwegian immigration have tended to focus on life either in the city or on the farm, the small town has until now received short shift. Odd Lovoll fills this void with NORWEGIANS ON THE PRARIE, an engaging exploration of Norwegians in the Minnesota small town. This book will be of particular unterest to readers fascinated with small-town America and the Norwegian migration to America." {Jon Gjerde}. This book has 321 pages and is illustrated throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 039726

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Title: Norwegians on the Prairie : Ethnicity and ...

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing

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Against the broad backdrop of the expanding western frontier, noted Norwegian American scholar Odd S. Lovoll explores the country town through the lens of ethnicity in this pioneering study. Benson, Madison, and Starbuck, all located on the western Minnesota prairie, were settled primarily by Norwegians and served as urban centers—railroad hubs, destinations for trade, and social nexuses—for the farming communities that surround them. Lovoll’s meticulous research into census data, careful reading of local newspapers, and extensive interviews with the descendants of Norwegian immigrants reveals strong ties to homeland that are visible today in each town’s social, political, and religious character.

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Odd S. Lovoll is professor emeritus of history at St. Olaf College and the author of numerous books including The Promise of America: A History of the Norwegian-American People. Todd Nichol is editor for the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

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