Immigration and American History

Essays in Honor of Theodore C. Blegen

Henry Steele Commager, editor

Ten scholars noted for their studies in immigration history contribute essays to this volume. Dr. Commager, professor of history and American studies at Amherst College, surveys the course of immigration studies over the years. Oscar Handlin, director of the Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America at Harvard University, reappraises the role of immigration in American life. Ingrid Semmingsen, Norwegian historian, writes on the image of American in Europe. Philip D. Jordan, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, focuses on the immigrant’s view of America. John T. Flanagan, professor of English at the University of Illinois, discusses the immigrant in fiction. Carlton C. Qualey, chairman of the department of history at Carleton College, contributes two essays. In the first he surveys world population movements and in the second he suggests new source materials for immigration studies. Henry A. Pochmann, professor of American literature at the University of Wisconsin, discusses the migration of ideas - what ideas have come into America, from where, and to what end? Franklin D. Scott, professor of history at Northwestern University, inquires into the value of immigration studies of nationality groups. The Reverend Colman J. Barry, associate professor of history at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, explores possibilities for future immigration studies. Theodore C. Blegen, dean emeritus of the University of Minnesota graduate school, takes a backward glance and a forward look at immigration studies.
The volume is based on the papers given at a conference held at the University of Minnesota in honor of Dr. Blegen on his retirement from the university.

Henry Steele Commager (October 25, 1902 – March 2, 1998) was an American historian who wrote (or edited) over forty books and over 700 journalistic essays and reviews.

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