By Klas Bergman

starting within the 1850s, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Nordic international locations settled in Minnesota and quick validated themselves within the political lifetime of their new domestic. those Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns, and Icelanders first sowed their political seeds on the neighborhood level—as city clerks, urban councilmen, county commissioners, sheriffs—and then broadened their attractions to the kingdom and nationwide realm. Nordic immigrants served as governors, as Minnesota kingdom senators and representatives, as U.S. congressmen, and as vice presidents of the us. Many got here to this state for political purposes and have become radicals and activists in Minnesota. Others served as key leaders in the state's political parties.

In Scandinavians within the kingdom House, Klas Bergman explores who those immigrant politicians have been and what drove them to develop into civically concerned so quickly after arriving in Minnesota. Profiling the contributors and activities on the leading edge of this political task, on the nation and native point, Bergman examines the various political philosophies of the immigrant groups and divulges the lasting legacy of Scandinavian politicians within the construction of recent Minnesota—from Nelson and Olson, to Andersen and Carlson, to Humphrey and Mondale.

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