Norwegian Newspapers in America
Connecting Norway and the New Land
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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“We hereby have the true pleasure of presenting the first number of Nordlyset,” the newspaper’s publishers announced on July 29, 1847. The weekly organ would give those who could not read English-language newspapers “an opportunity to acquire knowledge especially about this country’s government. . . . In addition...
Chapter 1. Pioneer Years
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With this pithy statement, the Chicago journal Skandinaven (The Scandinavian)—destined to become the largest Norwegianlanguage newspaper in the United States and, indeed, for some time the entire world—in January 1888 assessed the influence of the press in America. Newspapers were a part of American life and...
Chapter 2. Building a Norwegian American Community
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The conflagration between North and South was a watershed experience for the Norwegian immigrant community; the era of the Civil War—1861 to 1865—marked a decisive phase in the process of adjustment to the “new fatherland.” Norwegian immigrants, newcomers and pioneer settlers, responded to President Lincoln’s call...
Chapter 3. A Flourishing Midwestern Press
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The geographical spread of the Norwegian American press and the time of founding of individual journals relate closely to immigration and the advance of settlement. Land and immigration were the major ingredients in the peopling of the Upper Midwest; newspaper publishing is one measure of where Norwegians...
Chapter 4. The Rise of a National Norwegian American Press
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According to Marcus Lee Hansen, “The distant continent of Europe was never wholly forgotten” by the immigrant press, even though as time passed the focus shifted to American news, “and, in particular . . . the activities and interests of the immigrant group in the United States.” Hansen’s generalization surely also applied to...
Chapter 5. Community and Public Affairs
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Historian Arlow Andersen posited that “Norwegian American newspapers provided the window through which readers viewed the nation and the world from their secluded habitats in rural settlements and urban enclaves.” The weekly visitors were naturally, as has been demonstrated, a significant medium for news and opin-...
Chapter 6. The Golden Age of Norwegian America
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The excerpt above was Decorah-Posten’s optimistic answer to its own question in its September 5, 1924, issue: “Are the days of the Norwegian American press soon counted?” “When its mission is done,” editor Kristian Prestgard further wrote, “it will cease by itself just as quietly as it came into being.” In Prestgard’s opinion,...
Chapter 7. A Changing Final Role
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Appendix 1. Secular Norwegian American Publications
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Appendix 2 Time of Founding
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Appendix 3 Length of Publication
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Page Count: 400
Illustrations: 40 b&w illustrations, notes, index, appendix
Publication Year: 2010