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The history of Norwegian settlement in the United States has often been told through the eyes of prominent men, while the women are imagined in the form of O. E. Rølvaag’s fictionalized heroine Beret Holm, who made the best of life on the frontier but whose gaze seemed ever fixed on her long-lost home. The true picture is more complex. In an area spanning the Midwest and rural West and urban areas such as Seattle, Chicago, and Brooklyn, Norwegian American women found themselves in varied circumstances, ranging from factory worker to domestic, impoverished to leisured. Offering a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities, and Identities considers the stories of this immigrant group through a gendered lens. Nine noted scholars situate these women in the history, literature, politics, and culture of both their ancestral home and the new land, interpreting their multifarious lives and the communities they helped build. pieces on wide-ranging topics by Betty A. Bergland, Laurann Gilbertson, Karen v. Hansen, Lori Ann Lahlum, Ann M. Legreid, Odd S. Lovoll, Elisabeth Lønnå, David C. Mauk, and Ingrid K. Urberg are bookended by Elizabeth Jameson’s lively foreword and Dina Tolfsby’s detailed bibliography, comprising a collection that enlightens at the same time that it inspires further investigations into the lives of women in Norwegian America.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Part I: Gendered Contexts: Norway and Migration
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. 1. Gender in Norway in the Period of Mass Emigration
  2. pp. 23-50
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  1. 2. Norwegian Immigration and Women
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. Part II: Creating Gendered Norwegian American Communities
  2. pp. 75-77
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  1. 3. Women, Work, and Community in Rural Norwegian America, 1840–1920
  2. pp. 79-117
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  1. 4. Finding Their Way in the City: Norwegian Immigrant Women and Their Daughters in Urban Areas, 1880s–1920s
  2. pp. 119-156
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  1. 5. Textile Production in Norwegian America
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. 6. Home, Health, and Christian Respectability: Norwegian Immigrant Women in Family and Community Health
  2. pp. 181-210
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  1. 7. Land Taking at Spirit Lake: The Competing and Converging Logics of Norwegian and Dakota Women, 1900–1930
  2. pp. 211-245
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  1. Part III: Constructing Gendered Identities and Meanings
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. 8. The “Hungry Heroine” in Norwegian American Fiction
  2. pp. 249-282
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  1. 9. Collective Identities in Life Writings of Norwegian Immigrant Women
  2. pp. 283-318
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 319-322
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 323-335
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 336-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-354
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  1. Picture Credits
  2. pp. 355-356
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780873518338
Related ISBN
9780873518208
MARC Record
OCLC
794924299
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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