Swedish Chicago: The Shaping of an Immigrant Community, 1880-1920
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About the Author
Anita Olson Gustafson is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Mercer University. She holds a BA in Swedish and economics from North Park University and a PhD in history from Northwestern University. She has authored several articles on Swedish immigration to America.
""This book draws together better than any other on Chicago's ethnic Swedes a complete picture of immigrant ethnic identity construction with a compelling narrative, utilizing varied supportive primary sources. Gustafson peppers the text with rich historical sources, and we hear many immigrant voices along the way. The quotes are insightful and help the reader to understand immigrant life in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century."--Kurt W. Peterson, contributor to Norwegians and Swedes in the United States: Friends and Neighbors"Anita Olson Gustafson offers a thorough account of the efforts of Chicago Swedish-Americans to preserve their sense of themselves and their culture in the ethnic and social maelstrom of turn-of-the-century Chicago, maintaining that even after the city's original Swedish-American neighborhoods were abandoned to other ethnic and racial groups and the immigrants and their children had moved in to new, often suburban areas, they preserved a sense of their unique identity through their religious and cultural institutions. Her work is well-documented, clearly written, and persuasive."--Thomas Tredway, emeritus president and professor of history, Augustana College"