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From peasants to farmers : the migration from Balestrand, Norway to the upper Middle West

Author: Jon Gjerde
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Series: Interdisciplinary perspectives on modern history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book "examines a transatlantic chain migration from Balestrand, a Norwegian fjord district, to its daughter settlements in the nineteenth-century rural Upper Middle West. The book considers the social and economic conditions in Europe prior to the emigration as well as the immigrants' cultural adaptations to the American environment."--Jacket.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Gjerde
ISBN: 052126068X 9780521260688
OCLC Number: 11235060
Awards: Winner of Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award in American Immigration History.
Description: xiv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: "The worlds we have lost": regional differences in trade, migration, and emigration in Norway --
"The grass so fat it glistened": the social and economic structure of peasant Balestrand --
"It will be man's fortune to see business extended": economic development of Balestrand, 1800-1865 --
Inheritance, marriage, fertility, and economic growth: social development of Balestrand, 1800-1865 --
The children of Askeladden: emigration from Balestrand to the United States --
"They rushed f rom place to place": American settlement patterns among Balestrand's immigrants --
"Norwegians ... must learn anew": economic development of the American communities --
"There is good moral fiber in the sons of the mountains": social development of the American communities.
Series Title: Interdisciplinary perspectives on modern history.
Responsibility: Jon Gjerde.
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