Danish immigrants, United States, Middle Western states, autobiography


Most Danish immigrants to the United States of America headed for the northern tier of the Middle Western states. The majority stayed there. The autobiographical pieces that follow present the accounts of three Danish immigrants to the Middle West. Each one is personal and subjective. Each of the writers came from different provinces in Denmark, and from different environments within those provinces. Readers will note that the three accounts represent three eras - the 1890's, the 1920's and late 1940's. Curious readers will perhaps explore whether the differences in chronological time of the uprooting, as well as the different backgrounds, resulted in divergent attitudes about the immigrant experience and the "new land". In addition, readers should be aware that each essay was written for different reasons and for a specific audience. This undoubtedly contributes to the varying points of view.