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Clifford Davidson is Emeritus Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. He is a Norwegian-American, and was cared for in his early years by his grandmother, a Norwegi...Click here for more information.
Norwegians in Michigan
Norwegians in Michigan chronicles the settlement of a people
who became quintessentially Midwestern. Clifford Davidson shows how
Norwegians took advantage of opportunities when they began settling
in Michigan in the nineteenth century. Norwegians sailed Lake
Michigan, joined the lumber trade, farmed the northwest part of the
state, and mined copper and iron in the Upper Peninsula. At the same
time, they brought a unique culture that came to be associated with
Michigan and the Midwest. The first generations of Norwegians in
Michigan maintained close cultural ties with their homeland.
"Norwegian-American Davidson (English and Medieval Studies, emeritus, Western Michigan University) relays the history of Norwegians in Michigan; a people whose culture has come to be closely associated with Michigan and the Midwest. Norwegians began settling in Michigan in the 19th century and made their way in a form and pattern explored here in all its realms: what did they do, what were their cultural practices and how did these fare in their new home, who were the outstanding leaders, and so on. Photos illustrate the text; boxed material highlights important people, unique crafts, favorite prayers; the food chapter offers recipes. This is a quite complete and lovely history." - Book News Inc., Portland, OR
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