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Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience (Hardback)
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Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 22/06/2007
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Before the turn of the twentieth century, many Swedish men emigrated to the American Rockies as itinerant laborers, drawn by the region\u2019s developing industries. Single Swedish women ventured west, too, and whole families migrated, settling into farm communities. By 1920, one-fifth of all Swedish immigrants were living in the West.

In Up in the Rocky Mountains, Jennifer Eastman Attebery offers a new perspective on Swedish immigrants\u2019 experiences in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico from 1880 to 1917 by interpreting their letters home. Considering more than three hundred letters, Attebery analyzes their storytelling, repetitive language, traditional phrasing, and metaphoric images. Recognizing the letters\u2019 power as a folk form, Attebery sees in them the writers\u2019 relationships back in Sweden as well as their encounters with religious and labor movements, regionalism, and nationalism in their new country.

By defining personal letters as a vernacular genre, Attebery provides a model for discerning immigrants\u2019 shared culture in correspondence collections. By studying their words, she brings to life small Swedish communities throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Jennifer Eastman Attebery is professor of English and director of American studies at Idaho State University.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816647675
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 229 x 150 x 25 mm

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