Scandinavians in the State House

Scandinavians in the State House

How Nordic Immigrants Shaped Minnesota Politics

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Beginning in the 1850s, thousands of immigrants from Nordic countries settled in Minnesota and quickly established themselves in the political life of their new home. These Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns, and Icelanders first sowed their political seeds at the local level--as town clerks, city councilmen, county commissioners, sheriffs--and then broadened their sights to the state and national realm. Nordic immigrants served as governors, as Minnesota state senators and representatives, as U.S. congressmen, and as vice presidents of the United States. Many came to this country for political reasons and became radicals and activists in Minnesota. Others served as key leaders within the state's political parties.

In Scandinavians in the State House, Klas Bergman explores who these immigrant politicians were and what drove them to become civically involved so soon after arriving in Minnesota. Profiling the individuals and movements at the forefront of this political activity, at the state and local level, Bergman examines the diverse political philosophies of the immigrant communities and reveals the lasting legacy of Scandinavian politicians in the creation of modern Minnesota--from Nelson and Olson, to Andersen and Carlson, to Humphrey and Mondale.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781681340302
1681340305
9781681340470
168134047X
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 23 cm

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May 22, 2017

Partisan screed disguised as history. (i.e. pro-life is anti-Scandinavian, conservatives are radicals ; progressives are enlightened) Endorsements on cover are by pols praised inside. Well below standards of a historian but evidently spot on for Minnesota Historic Society. This kind of partisanship could start a defunding effort. Why should legislators fund a group that prints political pamphlets for their foes? Get back to your standards MHS

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