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From America to Norway II

Norwegian-American Immigrant Letters 1838-1914, Volume II: 1871-1892

2015

Orm Øverland, Editor

From America to Norway II

The experience of early Norwegian-American immigrants, told in their letters home

The second volume of From America to Norway includes 285 letters written by Norwegian-American immigrants from the years 1871 to 1892. The letters vividly reflect the challenges and opportunities settlers faced. At times funny, sad, poignant, and inspirational, these voices expand our understanding of immigrant experience from an intensely personal point of view.

The second volume of From America to Norway includes 285 letters written by Norwegian-American immigrants from the years 1871 to 1892. During this period, generally acknowledged as the peak years of Norwegian immigration to America, the intended audience for letters home gradually transitioned from the expectation that letters were to be shared, and even published locally in Norwegian communities, to a more private form of communication.

The letters vividly reflect the challenges and opportunities settlers faced. At times funny, sad, poignant, and inspirational, these voices expand our understanding of immigrant experience from an intensely personal point of view.

$60.00 cloth/jacket ISBN 978-0-8166-9325-2
576 pages 2014
Volume II Series

From America to Norway II

Orm Øverland is professor emeritus of American literature at the University of Bergen in Norway. Among his books are The Western Home: A Literary History of Norwegian America and Immigrant Minds, American Identities: Making the United States Home, 1870–1930.

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