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Letters of a German American Farmer: Juernjakob Swehn Travels to America - Bur Oak Original (Paperback)
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Letters of a German American Farmer: Juernjakob Swehn Travels to America - Bur Oak Original (Paperback)

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Paperback 186 Pages / Published: 30/09/2000
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First, let's talk about pigs, Juernjakob Swehn writes from his farm in Iowa. ""In America, pigs have a curly tail and talk in Low German so I can understand them."" Swehn builds a log house and makes a success of farming, marries a woman who's ""a whole different nation that has its confidence from the inside"", raises a family, and becomes an elder in the Lutheran Church. He recognises his good fortune but acknowledges that memories of his village grow stronger every year, that ""being homesick is the best thing that home can do for you...no power on earth holds on to you like your homeland"". It is the sense of home, both in Iowa and in Mecklenburg, that makes Juernjakob Swehn appeal to today's readers as much as he appealed to readers in 1916.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9780877457060
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 230 x 140 x 12 mm


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"Whoever wants to farm should stay in Iowa. That's what I think. In Iowa there's plenty of everything: plenty water, plenty hay, plenty corn, plenty potatoes, and plenty opportunity."--Juernjakob Swehn


Whoever wants to farm should stay in Iowa. That's what I think. In Iowa there's plenty of everything: plenty water, plenty hay, plenty corn, plenty potatoes, and plenty opportunity. Juernjakob Swehn"


"Whoever wants to farm should stay in Iowa. That's what I think. In Iowa there's plenty of everything: plenty water, plenty hay, plenty corn, plenty potatoes, and plenty opportunity."--Juernjakob Swehn

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